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CFS Researcher Reportedly Surrenders to Nevada Police

29 November 2011 7:05 pm
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Judy Mikovits, an embattled researcher well known for her studies of chronic fatigue syndrome, turned herself in to police yesterday at the University of Nevada, Reno, reports a local TV station, KNRV. According to the news report, her lawyer said Mikovits was "baffled" by the criminal charges against her, which accuse the scientist of having possessed laboratory notebooks and other materials stolen from her former employer there, the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease (WPI). The institute is located on the university campus, and the criminal charges stem from a break-in and theft that it reported. KNRV said the allegedly stolen material was all returned, and that Mikovits was taken into custody and then released.

On 18 November, Mikovits was jailed in Ventura County on a felony charge of being a fugitive from justice. She was released 4 days later after posting $100,000 bail and promising to return to a Ventura County court for an extradition hearing on 19 December. In an Associated Press report, her attorney, Scott Freeman of Reno, says she maintains her innocence and that he expects the extradition request to now be dropped.

WPI separately has a civil suit in the courts that accuses Mikovits of having "misappropriated property." WPI President Annette Whittemore today issued a statement that said its civil case will continue. "The damage to the Whittemore Peterson Institute is substantial and recent news coverage indicating that WPI may dismiss its civil case against Dr. Judy Mikovits is incorrect," Whittemore's statement said.

Update, 30 November: According to the Associated Press, Mikovits's attorney, Scott Freeman, says she turned herself in to Washoe County deputies, not campus police at the University of Nevada, Reno, as previously reported. ScienceInsider has not been able to reach Freeman for comment.

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