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The government's case against the Army scientist accused of mailing letters filled with anthrax in 2001 is in jeopardy. According to a report from Mike Wiser from Frontline on PBS, Greg Gordon from McClatchy Newspapers, and Stephen Engelberg from ProPublica, the case against Bruce Ivins, accused of killing five people with the letters, is in jeopardy after the Justice Department acknowledged "in court papers that the sealed area in Ivins' lab -- the so-called hot suite -- did not contain the equipment needed to turn liquid anthrax into the refined powder that floated through congressional buildings and post offices in the fall of 2001." According to the report, the government has no explanation as to how Ivins could have created enough anthrax in his lab, or if he ever even mailed the letters. He is, still, "more likely than not" the killer according to the investigation. Ivins committed suicide in 2008 before being accused of any crime. He was not identified as the killer until after his death. 

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