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candy

East Lansing, MI

#1 Feb 7, 2007
Donnie Foster is expected to do a Steve Thomas and settle "on or about February 20th."
Tired Of Censorship

Since: Nov 06

Roseville, CA

#2 Feb 7, 2007
candy wrote:
Donnie Foster is expected to do a Steve Thomas and settle "on or about February 20th."
What settlement is this?
Steve didn't settle, his publisher did!
candy

East Lansing, MI

#3 Feb 26, 2007
Foster did exactly what Steve did, weasled out of what he wrote and settled and is impeachment heaven for the Ramseys:

http://www.rcfp.org/news/2007/0226-lib-hatfil...

Hatfill settles with Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair and Reader's Digest have settled a lawsuit with Steven Hatfill, former Army bioweapons scientist and "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax attacks.

Feb. 26, 2007 · A former Army bioweapons scientist who was publicly named a "person of interest" in the 2001 anthrax attacks has settled a libel lawsuit with Vanity Fair and Reader's Digest regarding an article printed in the publications.

The settlement, which was resolved to the "mutual satisfaction of all," according to a statement released by Vanity Fair, puts an end to a three-year dispute.

The article "The Message in the Anthrax," which was written by Ronald Foster, an English professor at Vassar College, ran in the November 2003 issue of Vanity Fair. Reader's Digest later shortened the article and renamed it "Tracking The Anthrax Killer," publishing it in its December 2003 issue. Foster's article focused on evidence that may have shown the scientist, Steven Hatfill, was involved in the anthrax attacks.

Hatfill sued the publications in 2004 for defamation, claiming the articles implied that he was behind the attacks. No one has ever been charged in the attacks, which killed five people.

Vanity Fair and Reader's Digest refused to release any further details of the settlement, but the Vanity Fair statement said the magazine's owner, Conde Nast Publications, and the author never "intended to imply that they had concluded" that Hatfill "perpetrated the anthrax attacks."

"To the extent any statements contained in the article might be read to convey that Conde Nast and Professor Foster were accusing Dr. Hatfill of perpetrating these attacks, Conde Nast and Professor Foster retract any such implication," the statement reads.

In 2005, a federal judge in New York refused to dismiss the case and ruled that there was enough of a claim under Virginia defamation law to go to trial. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon applied Virginia law because Hatfill was a resident of Virginia at the time the articles were published.

McMahon found that the article could be read to imply that Hatfill was behind the attacks and could suggest that Hatfill was unfit to maintain his security clearance status for his profession.

A federal judge in Alexandria, Va., recently threw out Hatfill's libel lawsuit against The New York Times for the second time. Hatfill's attorney has said he will appeal.

Hatfill has also sued federal government officials, saying they violated the Privacy Act by disclosing information about him to the press.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#4 Feb 26, 2007
Hatfill even got an unheard of RETRACTION from weasel Foster:

"To the extent any statements contained in the article might be read to convey that Conde Nast and Professor Foster were accusing Dr. Hatfill of perpetrating these attacks, Conde Nast and Professor Foster retract any such implication," the statement reads.
Fools Gold

Ooltewah, TN

#5 Feb 27, 2007
I've not read the offending article but am familiar with Foster's repeated attempts to promote himself and his so-called textual analysis "skills".

I wish the much maligned Hatfield good luck with his appeal.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#6 Feb 27, 2007
Hi Fools Gold,

You posted "but am familiar with Foster's repeated attempts to promote himself and his so-called textual analysis "skills".

Would you give some examples that you know about this? Thanks.
Fools Gold

Ooltewah, TN

#7 Feb 28, 2007
He claims to have identified an anonymous author of a political work but merely listed the guy as a 'possible' author.

He claims to have identified the Unabomber based on his writings but did so at a time the Unabomber was on the front cover of Time magazine and even I could have done that!

He made claims about a Shakespearean work that other scholars thought rather dubious and were later proven to be utterly wrong.(My understanding is that Shakespeare still refuses to make any comment on the matter).

I think the only real value to Donald Foster is 'comic relief'. This is particularly true when the transcript of a Larry King Live or CNN interview showed 'textual analysis' as 'sexual analysis'.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#8 Feb 28, 2007
He has seriously damaged two cases, the Ramsey case, and now the Anthrax criminal investigation. WHY? Just like Steve Thomas his buddy, interested in fame and money, and when his claims were put under a microscope, ran as fast as he could and settled. It took 3 years out of Dr. Hatfill's life just to fight this creep.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#9 Mar 1, 2007
http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...

'Person of interest' in '01 anthrax attacks settles defamation case

By TIMOTHY O'CONNOR
THE JOURNAL NEWS

(Original publication: March 1, 2007)

WHITE PLAINS - The only person publicly named a "person of interest" in the wave of anthrax letter attacks in 2001 has settled his defamation lawsuit against the publishers of magazine articles that seemed to point to him as the culprit.

Dr. Steven Hatfill, a former Army biodefense scientist, filed a federal lawsuit after Vanity Fair printed an article in October 2003 by Vassar College professor Donald Foster about the investigation into the anthrax attacks that killed five people. Reader's Digest printed a condensed version of the article in December 2003.

Hatfill's $10 million defamation lawsuit named as defendants Foster, Vanity Fair, its parent company Conde Nast, and the Reader's Digest Association, which is based in Chappaqua. The case, originally filed in Virginia, was moved to U.S. District Court in White Plains.

The case had been in mediation and has now been settled.

"Dr. Hatfill's lawsuit has now been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of all parties," Hatfill's lawyer, Hassan Zavareei, said in a statement yesterday. Details of the settlement were not revealed.

In the article, "Tracking the Anthrax Killer," Foster, a practitioner of what is called "literary forensics," focused on Hatfill as a possible suspect in the attacks. Foster is most famous for having unmasked Newsweek columnist Joe Klein as the author of anonymously written political novel "Primary Colors" in 1996. In the anthrax article, he wrote that he first called the FBI about Hatfill in early 2002, months before then-Attorney General John Ashcroft publicly identified Hatfill as a "person of interest" in the case.

"When I lined up Hatfill's known movements with the postmark locations of reported bio-threats, those hoax anthrax attacks appeared to trail him like a vapor cloud," he wrote.

But in a statement announcing the settlement, Foster and Conde Nast said they never intended to accuse Hatfill.

"To the extent any statements contained in the article might be read to convey that Conde Nast and Professor Foster were accusing Dr. Hatfill of perpetrating these attacks, Conde Nast and Professor Foster retract any such implication," the statement read.

Reader's Digest issued a similar statement. Hatfill's purported connection to the anthrax case spawned two other lawsuits. A federal judge in Virginia recently dismissed Hatfill's lawsuit against The New York Times for the second time. Hatfill also has a lawsuit pending in federal court in Washington against Ashcroft.
Fools Gold

Ooltewah, TN

#10 Mar 1, 2007
Did Hatfill have to pay that citation given to him for jaywalking when an FBI agent 'accidentally' ran over his foot?
candy

East Lansing, MI

#11 Mar 1, 2007
Good question Fools Gold. Here's an article about when he got the ticket:

http://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/Bioter/fbivehicleh...
candy

East Lansing, MI

#12 Mar 9, 2007
Dr. Hatfill and his lawsuits are the subject of a 60 minutes piece this Sunday. I'm glad the whole country will hear about Foster's $ettlement.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#13 Mar 11, 2007
Donald Foster is going to be whacked before a national audience tonight. Don't miss it.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#14 Mar 11, 2007
From Dr. Hatfill's attorney:

Dr. Steven J. Hatfill’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Vanity Fair and Readers Digest Resolved –
Publishers Issue Statements Retracting Implication Of Guilt

Statement by Hassan A. Zavareei, Counsel for Steven J. Hatfill, M.D.

In 2003, Vassar College English Literature professor Donald Foster wrote an article that purported to
apply the methods of “literary forensics” to the investigation into the anthrax attacks. Condé Nast
published the Foster article in the October 2003 issue of Vanity Fair and Readers Digest published a
condensed version of the article in its December 2003 issue. Steven J. Hatfill, M.D., sued Foster,
Condé Nast and Readers Digest, alleging that Foster’s article was based on numerous false facts and
that it was written “in such a way as to leave no doubt in the minds of reasonable readers that [Foster]
was imputing guilt for the anthrax attacks (as well as some anthrax hoaxes) to Dr. Hatfill.” Because
Dr. Hatfill had absolutely nothing to do with the anthrax killings—and no credible evidence has ever
linked him to those killings—we were confident that he would ultimately prevail in his litigation
against Condé Nast, Readers Digest, and Foster.



Dr. Hatfill’s lawsuit has now been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of all the parties. And Condé
Nast and Donald Foster have issued the following statement:“In publishing the article ‘The Message
In the Anthrax’ by Donald Foster in the October 2003 issue of Vanity Fair, neither Condé Nast
Publications nor the article’s author intended to imply that they had concluded that Steven J. Hatfill,
M.D., perpetrated the anthrax attacks that occurred in the United States in the fall of 2001. To the
extent any statements contained in the article might be read to convey that Condé Nast and Prof. Foster
were accusing Dr. Hatfill of perpetrating these attacks, Condé Nast and Prof. Foster retract any such
implication.” Similarly, Readers Digest issued the following statement:“In publishing the article
‘Tracking the Anthrax Killer’ by Donald Foster in the December 2003 issue of Reader’s Digest,
neither Reader’s Digest nor the article’s author intended to imply that they had concluded that Steven
J. Hatfill, M.D., perpetrated the anthrax attacks that occurred in the United States in the fall of 2001.
To the extent any statements contained in the article might be read to convey that Reader’s Digest and
Prof. Foster were accusing Dr. Hatfill of perpetrating these attacks, Reader’s Digest and Prof. Foster
retract any such implication.”

Contact: Hassan A. Zavareei

Tycko & Zavareei LLP
candy

East Lansing, MI

#15 Mar 11, 2007
The 60 minutes piece just focused on his suit against the FBI and Attorney General. Anyway, it's a devastating critique of the leaks by the likes of Foster, THAT HE HAD TO RETRACT.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#17 Apr 4, 2007
Many believe Donald Foster was also a source, and would be outed as a source if so:

http://www.nysun.com/article/51808

Judge Urges Hatfill To Compel Outing of Sources
By JOSH GERSTEIN
Staff Reporter of the Sun
April 4, 2007

A D V E R T I S E M E N T


A D V E R T I S E M E N T

A federal judge is prodding lawyers for a scientist investigated in connection with the anthrax attacks in 2001, Steven Hatfill, to escalate a battle with the press by insisting that reporters identify anonymous government sources who linked Mr. Hatfill to the probe.

Judge Reggie Walton issued an order last week warning Mr. Hatfill that he may lose his civil lawsuit over the leaks if he does not compel journalists to name their sources. "A wealth of case law suggests that in order to prove that a violation of the Privacy Act has occurred, the actual source of the information must be identified," the judge wrote. "Whether the plaintiff can satisfy this requirement with circumstantial evidence alone is an endeavor the plaintiff assumes at his peril if he decides to not further identify the source or sources of the purported improper disclosures."

Mr. Hatfill's legal team has taken depositions from journalists at ABC, CBS, Newsweek, and the Washington Post. The scientist's lawyers thought they had averted a First Amendment clash by crafting a deal under which the reporters withheld the names of their sources but divulged their affiliation with the FBI or Justice Department.

However, at a hearing on March 19, Judge Walton signaled that probably would not be good enough. "I understand the concerns the plaintiff has with compelling the press, but my inclination is that that's going to have to be done," the judge said, according to Legal Times.

Judge Walton, who recently saw several high-profile journalists on the witness stand as he oversaw the trial of I. Lewis Libby Jr., gave Mr. Hatfill until April 16 to decide whether to press the press to give up its sources. An attorney for Mr. Hatfill, Thomas Connolly, did not return a call seeking comment for this article.

Neither Mr. Hatfill nor anyone else has been charged with producing the anthrax-laden mailings, which are believed to have killed at least five people.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#18 Jun 27, 2008
In a landmark case, the Federal Government is going to pay Dr. Steven Hatfill MILLIONS OF DOLLARS due to being ACCUSED, WITHOUT PROOF TO WARRANT AN ARREST OR CONVICTION, of being the Anthrax killer due to LEAKS FROM THE LIKES OF THOMAS BUDDY DONALD FOSTER, who already paid out separtately in a ST deal to Dr. Hatfill. This has EVERYTHING to do with the Ramsey case, and leaks from rogue officers that cannot be proven.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#19 Jun 27, 2008
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/DOJ/story...

This is why Chief Beckner had to turn over the Ramsey case to the DA's office, a threat of this exact type of lawsuit against the BPD from Lin Wood, which would have paid out to the Ramseys for the same reason.
candy

East Lansing, MI

#20 Jun 27, 2008
The cost of government leakers, along with $5.8 million dollars:

"Our government failed us, not only by failing to catch the anthrax mailers but by seeking to conceal that failure," the statement said. "Our government did this by leaking gossip, speculation and misinformation to a handful of credulous reporters.

"The collusive relationship between unethical officials and uncritical reporters, which caused such great damage to Dr. Hatfill's personal life and professional reputation, must not be treated by journalists as if it were a respectable method of newsgathering," the statement added.

Patricia Fox

Hogansville, GA

#21 Jun 27, 2008
candy wrote:
He has seriously damaged two cases, the Ramsey case, and now the Anthrax criminal investigation. WHY? Just like Steve Thomas his buddy, interested in fame and money, and when his claims were put under a microscope, ran as fast as he could and settled. It took 3 years out of Dr. Hatfill's life just to fight this creep.
Dr. Hatfield?? When did he get his PHD? You know Hatfield's own attorney admitted that Hatfield had LIED on his resume about the PHD and also had FORGED his own diploma. Looks to me like Hatfield's lies caught up with him. Just because the government couldn't prove it doesn't mean HE DIDN'T DO IT? jmho

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