Judy Mikovits, the researcher whose studies on the link between chronic fatigue syndrome and a mouse leukemia virus has been criticized, will not be extradited to face felony charges in Nevada just yet.
The researcher was charged with felony theft by Nevada police after her former institution, the Whittemore Peterson Institute in Reno, Nevada, alleged that she had taken lab notebooks pertaining to her work on chronic fatigue syndrome. In a hearing yesterday (November 22), the judge issued a continuance on the extradition to December 19, ScienceInsider reported. The judge also denied her request to lower the $100,000 bail amount because it was set in Nevada.
Separately, new details emerged in a civil suit the Institute filed against Mikovits to keep her from destroying lab notebooks and other materials relevant to her research. One of the graduate students who worked in her lab, Max Pfost, has signed an affidavit swearing that Mikovits asked him to take samples and lab notebooks from the lab and hide them in his apartment until she could come pick them up. The lab notebooks were hidden in a large “Happy Birthday” bag, the affidavit states. The affidavit also suggests that Mikovits was initially hiding on a boat to avoid being served papers by the Whittemore Peterson Institute.