Bibeau v. Pacific Northwest Research Division
Federal Reporter, 3d Series, 1999; 188: 1105-1115
Court Decision: 188 Federal Reporter, 3d Series 1105; 1999 (date of decision). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the the Ninth Circuit reversed the lower district court decision and allowed a former inmate who had voluntarily participated in experiments on the effects of radiation on testicular function conducted by Dr. Carl Heller of the Pacific Northwest Research Foundation under the auspices of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission while in custody to proceed with his claims of civil rights violations. Prior to his release from the Oregon State Penitentiary in the 1960s, Carl Bibeau underwent the experiments, which included biopsies both before and after the irradiation and a vasectomy, "to prevent contamination of the genetic pool by mutated chromosomes." The court decided that Bibeau's complaint was not time-barred because "a reasonable person would not necessarily have connected Bibeau's symptoms to the Heller Experiments."
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