A settlement between the widow of a 63 year-old man who died in the 2001 anthrax attacks and the United States government has been reached. While the details of the settlement have not been released, the woman was initially demanding $50 million when she filed the wrongful death lawsuit in 2003.
She claims the government is to blame for her husband’s death because it failed to safely secure the disease at a military laboratory. An Army scientist was later accused of being behind the deadly anthrax attack. Five people died and seventeen fell ill when anthrax-laced letters were sent to two senators and a handful of major media outlets.
He was a photography editor and was the first to die after being exposed to the disease when a letter was sent to the publishing office of the National Enquirer.