When someone is named a “person of interest” in a case, especially one as big as the 2001 anthrax murders, the authorities had better have the goods on the guy. Because they didn’t when then-Attorney General John Ashcroft put that label on former Army scientist Steven Hatfill in 2002, the U.S. Justice Department will now pay Hatfill $5.82 million to settle a lawsuit. Those involved in the investigation say that there was a fixation on Hatfill, a graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, unjustified by the facts. So now the public will pay for the government’s mistakes, and the killer of five remains at large.
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