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Plague Expert Cleared of Serious Charges in Bioterror Case

The Texas Tech scientist is found guilty of embezzlement and fraud but acquitted of lying to the FBI about the theft of samples. A Texas jury on Monday found one of the nation’s leading experts on plague guilty of multiple counts of embezzlement and fraud but acquitted him of lying to the FBI about the theft of plague samples from his Texas Tech University lab. Federal authorities had charged Dr. Thomas Butler with 69 counts, including smuggling and mishandling plague specimens. He was convicted of 47 counts, nearly all related to charges that he embezzled university funds. But on the more serious charges involving smuggling and mishandling plague samples, he was acquitted of all but three charges — all related to the improper shipment of plague samples to a Tanzanian researcher. Full Story

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