Tuesday, March 28, 2006

High court refuses to stop anthrax libel suit

The Supreme Court yesterday declined to stop a defamation suit against The New York Times brought by Dr. Steven Hatfill, the scientist labeled a "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax-laced letters which killed five people, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reports.
"The Times had appealed to the Supreme Court to throw out the case before pre-trial collection of evidence begins because it claimed that the stories could not reasonably have accused Hatfill of being the anthrax mailer. By refusing to hear the case, the Supreme Court allows Hatfill's libel case to continue to trial."

1 comment:

mdr2f said...

I believe that The New York Times should be found libel because even hinting at Dr. Steven Hatfill being a "person of interest" can have severe adverse effects on his life.