Ivins' attorney says he failed client

Paul Kemp, an attorney in Frederick, Md., who once represented suspected anthrax killer Bruce Ivins, recently said he failed his former client by not inspiring him to have more faith in the justice system.

Ivins, who worked as a scientist at Fort Detrick, killed himself in August 2008 rather than face a federal grand jury as the suspected culprit of the 2001 anthrax letters that injured 17 and killed five. While the FBI named Ivins as the likely perpetrator in a 2010 report, Kemp and others, including New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt, said that the FBI did not have enough proof, Gazette.net reports.

"Most people assume he probably did it," Kemp said in an interview Wednesday, according to Gazette.net. "And I feel like the thing left undone is that I didn't give him enough faith in the system to keep going. That's a failing on my part."

Kemp said that despite nine search warrants, including Ivins’ house, car and vehicles, the FBI had no solid evidence that the scientist was complicit in the anthrax murders. In addition, Kemp said that the FBI cannot prove Ivins was anywhere near Princeton, N.J., the course of the mailings, during the time in question, including a lack of camera images, toll receipts or eyewitnesses.

"The investigation revealed no evidence against Ivins because he was not guilty," Kemp said, according to Gazette.net. "But he was a troubled individual."

Congressman Holt has called for a congressional commission to further investigate the anthrax attacks. The U.S. Government Accountability Office is in the process of reviewing the FBI’s case and plans to release a report in the fall.