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Jose G. Perez jgperez at
Wed Sep 4 22:50:38 MDT 2002

Scientist in Anthrax Probe Fired
Wed Sep 4, 7:25 PM ET

By CHRISTOPHER NEWTON, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dr. Steven J. Hatfill's firing from Louisiana State
University came after the Justice Department told the school it could not
use him on projects funded by grants from the agency, which has called
Hatfill a "person of interest" in the anthrax attacks.

Hatfill's supervisor, Steven Guillot, received an e-mail Aug. 1 directing
him to "cease and desist" from using
Hatfill on the projects, LSU spokesman Gene Sands said Wednesday.

The next day, Hatfill was placed on administrative leave as director of
LSU's National Center for Biomedical Research and Training. The center
receives most of its money from the Justice Department.

Sands said Guillot did not alert senior administration officials to the
e-mail until Tuesday, when Hatfill was fired by the university. However,
Sands said the decision to put Hatfill on administrative leave and later,
fire him, was not connected to the e-mail.

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