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duggg writes,

<<<<Would you want to report a possible anthrax sighting at the risk of ending up in the pokey if it was subsequently determined to be a false alarm?>>>>

I believe you might have misread the article.

The guy knew it was a hoax all along, and confessed to that fact. He definitely should end up in the pokey.

I'm not sure I did, The police have not arrested the guy who actually planted the fake anthrax. The first guy in jail is the one who reported it.

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