NY bioterror case grinds on

Two days into hearings by a federal grand jury that is considering bioterrorism charges against a Buffalo art professor, just one of the eight colleagues of the professor subpoenaed has actually testified. Federal prosecutors may also be looking into whether another person may have illegally supplied the Escherichia coli used in one of the exhibits.Steven Kurtz, an associate professor at the Buffalo campus of the State University of New York (SUNY), is being investigated because after he called

John Dudley Miller(johnmiller@nasw.org)
Jun 16, 2004

Two days into hearings by a federal grand jury that is considering bioterrorism charges against a Buffalo art professor, just one of the eight colleagues of the professor subpoenaed has actually testified. Federal prosecutors may also be looking into whether another person may have illegally supplied the Escherichia coli used in one of the exhibits.

Steven Kurtz, an associate professor at the Buffalo campus of the State University of New York (SUNY), is being investigated because after he called 911 early May 11 to report that his 45-year-old wife had died overnight, police noticed Petri dishes and a mobile DNA extraction laboratory in his home that he used in his most recent project, according to his lawyer and some supporters.

Subpoenas ordering eight of Kurtz's present and former art colleagues to testify before the grand jury Tuesday (June 15) referred to a section of the US Biological Weapons...

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