Widow of anthrax victim sues government - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

09/24/03 - West Palm Beach, Florida

Widow of anthrax victim sues government

The widow of a Florida man who was killed in the nation's first anthrax attack is suing the federal government.

Maureen Stevens is seeking more than 50 million dollars. She claims lax security at an Army lab caused her husband's death.

Robert Stevens, a photo editor, is believed to have contracted the disease from a tainted letter sent to his workplace.

Four others were killed and more than a dozen sickened after anthrax was mailed to media outlets in New York and a Washington congressional building.

An Army medical research facility in Maryland is the primary custodian of the anthrax strain found in envelopes sent to the victims.

Stevens' lawsuit is believed to be the first one that attempts to hold the government accountable.

However, a postal worker who survived the attack is suing postal officials at a Washington mail facility.

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