Criminal charges against Judy Mikovits have been dropped

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Updated: 6/13/2012 6:42 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Criminal charges against Judy Mikovits were dropped Monday, according to the Washoe County District Attorney's Office.

They were dropped "without prejudice," meaning the district attorney could reconsider charging Mikovits with the crime.

Judy Mikovits was the lead researcher at the Whittemore Peterson Institute on the UNR campus when her breakthrough study on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was published in the Journal of Science in 2009.

Two years later, Mikovits had been fired from her job at the Institute. Other researchers had discredited her work on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Journal of Science retracted the study. She was also facing civil and criminal charges--including two felonies--for possession of stolen property and unlawful taking of computer equipment or other computer-related property.

According to John Helzer at the district attorney's office, prosecutors want to see what happens in other cases involving the Whittemore family. Helzer says once federal, civil and criminal cases involving Harvey Whittemore are settled, a decision could be made to recharge Mikovits.

Civil charges brought by the Whittemore Peterson Institute are still pending against Mikovits.

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