In stunning reversal, charges dropped against Louisiana coastal scientists accused of stealing ‘trade secrets’

In an abrupt and stunning reversal, federal prosecutors moved Monday to drop the criminal case against a pair of prominent Louisiana coastal scientists arrested last month for allegedly plotting to steal “trade secrets” from their former employer, the Water Institute of the Gulf.

The prosecution “concluded that it cannot meet its burden of proof” in the criminal case against Ehab Meselhe and Kelin Hu, both of whom now work at Tulane University, prosecutors wrote in a motion seeking to drop the indictment.

The move came after a series of new disclosures that appeared to undermine aspects of the federal case and raised questions about the thoroughness of the FBI’s investigation.

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