Maryland lawyer Paul Kemp continues to speak out against the federal government’s previously-planned prosecution of his deceased client Bruce Ivins even though there will be no trial in the case, reports the Maryland Daily Record. “If I don't speak on the state of affairs on Dr. Ivins' behalf, no one would,” Kemp said. “There's not going to be a trial to tell our side of the story.” Kemp contends that Ivins is innocent.
Kemp's strategy was praised by other veteran defense attorneys who have worked on high-profile cases. “The government is going to try [Ivins] in the press,” said Joshua Treem, whose clients have included Lee Boyd Malvo, convicted in the Washington, D.C., beltway sniper cases. “I think what he is doing, quite appropriately in these circumstances, is defending his client.” Kemp says the government has no evidence placing Ivins in Princeton, N.J., on Sept. 18, 2001, where the first anthrax letters were mailed. He has criticized prosecutors for connecting Ivins' history of mental illness to the mailings, telling the Associated Press “They're taking a weird guy and convicting him of mass murder.”