A hearing is scheduled Friday in a defamation lawsuit against The New York Times over columns that linked a former Army scientist to the 2001 anthrax killings.
The hearing in Alexandria is expected to discuss the newspaper’s confidential sources used in columns about bioterrorism expert Steven Hatfill. He was labeled a “person of interest” by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft. He was never charged and has since filed several lawsuits.
A federal judge threw out Hatfill’s lawsuit against The New York Times over 2002 columns by writer Nicholas Kristof that accused the FBI of failing to thoroughly investigate Hatfill.
In March, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the suit after it was reinstated by the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.
Authorities have never solved the mysterious mailing of anthrax-laced letters that killed five people not long after the September 11th terror attacks.