You may recall the case of geneticist Robert Farrell, who had been initially charged with bioterroism for sharing generally-harmless strains of bacteria with a colleague, SUNY-Buffalo art professor Steven Kurtz. Farrell plead guilty to a reduced charge last fall and received a fine and probation. Now the verdict is in for Kurtz; more after the jump.
A federal judge on Monday (April 21) dismissed the case against Steven Kurtz, an art professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo, saying that the government indictment against him “is insufficient on its face,” The Buffalo News reported.
Richard Ebright, a microbiologist at Rutgers University, wrote in an E-mail to The Scientist: “Dismissal was the correct action. The case had no substance. None.”
So good news for now, but the Justice Department can still appeal the judge’s ruling.