A federal judge has denied a young Marine’s request for a hardship discharge that claimed anxiety over the controversial anthrax vaccine has caused a potentially life-threatening illness in his mother.

U.S. District Judge Donald Ziegler ruled on Friday, Dec. 3, that Pfc. James M. O’Neil, 22, of Rochester Mills, Indiana County, did not prove his claim that receiving the anthrax vaccine violated his constitutional rights as well as his rights under the Nuremburg Code.

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