Ex-Army Doc to Get $5.8M in Anthrax Case

Feds settle with Hatfill, once named 'person of interest' in attacks
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2008 7:44 PM CDT
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft made comments about Hatfill in 2001.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Justice Department will pay nearly $6 million to an ex-Army scientist for naming him in an anthrax probe 7 years ago, the AP reports. The feds settled out of court today for calling Steven Hatfill a "person of interest" in the still-unsolved case, but continued to "deny all liability in connection with Dr. Hatfill's claims,” a DOJ spokesman said. Hatfill, who has never been charged, accused officials of trying to smear him.