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Latest Legal Filings in Anthrax Letters Lawsuit

Update (7/29): Today, U.S. District Court Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley approved the Department of Justice's request to submit corrected motions to dismiss the Stevens' family wrongful death case.

Yesterday we wrote that a Florida judge rejected the Justice Department's attempt to correct some embarrassing filings in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of photo editor Robert Stevens, the first person to die in the 2001 anthrax letter attacks. Now Justice has filed new motions to more fully explain and correct its earlier ones, which suggested that Army microbiologist Bruce Ivins didn't have the equipment in his lab to make the deadly anthrax powder—as the FBI and Justice have long maintained he did. While we wait for the judge to weigh in, here are links to the new filings and earlier stories we reported with PBS Frontline and McClatchy Newspapers.

Tom Detzel

Tom Detzel was a senior editor at ProPublica. Previously, Detzel was an editor at the Oregonian beginning in 1995 and was the newspaperâs investigations editor starting in 2004.

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