- The Washington Times - Friday, November 2, 2001

The Supreme Court will return to its offices Monday after 10 days in exile while the historic building was quarantined because of anthrax.
The Supreme Court, located just across 1st Street NE from the Senate wing of the Capitol, was declared free of anthrax spores yesterday, except the basement mailroom that the Environmental Protection Agency was decontaminating last night.
"We have received the results of all additional environmental testing conducted in the Supreme Court building and all of the tests are negative," court information officer Kathy Arberg said.
The Supreme Court shut down at mid-afternoon Oct. 26 because anthrax was found in its remote mail-screening center and later was confirmed to be found in the basement of the court itself.
Mrs. Arberg said some employees will return to the building today but outsiders cannot enter until Monday when a 10 a.m. hearing is scheduled in a Virginia capital murder case, Mickens v. Taylor.
Walter Mickens Jr. claims his conviction and death sentence for sodomizing and murdering Timothy Hall, 17, are unconstitutional because his lawyer had a conflict of interest.
Even when the court reopens, however, tourists will be barred from the building for the usual self-guided tours but will be permitted to attend the argument session on the usual first-come, first-served basis.


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