Infectious diseases expert sentenced to prison and finedBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7441.662-d (Published 18 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:662
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York
Dr Thomas Butler, an expert on plague who was convicted on 47 of 69 charges involving missing vials of plague bacteria, was sentenced last week in Texas to two years in federal prison. He was fined $15 000 (£8300; €12 200) and must pay restitution of $38 675 to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where he was formerly professor of medicine and head of the infectious diseases division.
The case began in January 2003, when Dr Butler told his laboratory safety officer that 30 …