Tuesday, January 04, 2000
take it to the bank
CINCINNATI (UPI) -- At least one of the checks mailed to families of the subjects of Cold War radiation experiments at Cincinnati's General Hospital bounced, but attorneys involved in the case said it was just a mix-up.
Catherine Hager told Monday's
Cincinnati Enquirer she is furious the check,
representing part of a $51,000 award to her and her
siblings by U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith,
failed to clear.
"We've been humiliated
enough," Hager said. "We don't need more
problems and more embarrassment."
Hager's father, Joseph Mitchell, was
one of 90 cancer patients who received massive doses
of radiation as part of a Pentagon experiment to
determine how soldiers might be affected by radiation.
A $4.6-million settlement was reached once details of
the experiments surfaced in the 1990s.
Hager and her four siblings received
checks drawn on the $51,000 deposited to an account
opened for her father's estate. Two of the checks
initially bounced. They were put through a second time
Attorney Robert Newman said the
situation was atypical.
The bank later apologized.