ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement
issued by Venable LLP attorneys Paul F. Kemp and Thomas M. DeGonia in
response to questions surrounding the sudden death of Dr. Bruce Ivins.
"For more than a year, we have been privileged to represent Dr. Bruce
Ivins during the investigation of the anthrax deaths of September and
October of 2001. For six years, Dr. Ivins fully cooperated with that
investigation, assisting the government in every way that was asked of him.
He was a world-renowned and highly decorated scientist who served his
country for over 33 years with the Department of the Army. We are saddened
by his death, and disappointed that we will not have the opportunity to
defend his good name and reputation in a court of law. We assert his
innocence in these killings, and would have established that at trial. The
relentless pressure of accusation and innuendo takes its toll in different
ways on different people, as has already been seen in this investigation.
In Dr. Ivins' case, it led to his untimely death. We ask that the media
respect the privacy of his family, and allow them to grieve."
Paul F. Kemp
Thomas M. DeGonia
Contacts: Allan Ripp, 212-262-7477, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Wilkins, 202-344-8253, email@example.com
SOURCE Venable LLP