Statement from Venable Attorneys Representing Dr. Bruce Ivins Responding to Justice Department Press Conference Naming Dr. Ivins as Sole Suspect in 2001 Anthrax Attacks

Aug 06, 2008, 01:00 ET from Venable LLP

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorneys at law firm
 Venable LLP representing Dr. Bruce Ivins issued the following statement
 responding to a press conference convened by the U.S. Department of Justice
 on August 6 to discuss the evidence suggesting that Dr. Ivins was
 responsible for the anthrax attacks of 2001:
     "Today is a heart breaking day for both the Ivins family as well as the
 victims and the families of the victims of the 2001 anthrax attacks.
     What the public demanded today was concrete evidence. Instead, it was
 deluged with everything but. The government released search warrants --
 investigative tools designed to discover evidence, not to serve as evidence
 and treated these warrants as smoking guns. The government's press
 conference was an orchestrated dance of carefully worded statements, heaps
 of innuendo and a staggering lack of real evidence -- all contorted to
 create the illusion of guilt by Dr. Ivins.
     The government would have the American people believe that after seven
 years and more than $15 million of taxpayer money, they have found the
 individual responsible for the heinous attacks of the fall of 2001. Nothing
 could be farther from the truth.
     In truth, Bruce Ivins was a devoted husband and father who worked for
 more than 30 years to defend his nation and its soldiers against the
 terrible effects of Anthrax. The statements of scientists and co-workers at
 Ft. Detrick are uniform in their support of Dr. Ivins, and that has been
 gratifying to his family. Just today, we were privileged to attend the
 memorial service for Dr. Ivins held at Ft. Detrick, MD. It was attended by
 hundreds of soldiers, scientists, and family members. Dr. Ivins was
 characterized by his commanding officer for his 'openness, sharing, humor
 and curiosity' and was lauded for the central role he has played in the
 protection of the American soldier. No one who attended that service could
 believe that Dr. Ivins committed any crime."
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