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April 24, 2013

Ricin-Charges Dropped -- New Suspect Named

It hasn't even been a week since charges were brought against Paul Kevin Curtis for sending ricin-laced mail to President Obama, a US Senator, and a state official. It had been only a matter of days since the letters were discovered. Now they have been dropped -- apparently because there was no evidence tying Curtis to the crime.

Federal authorities dropped charges against Paul Kevin Curtis, who was arrested last week when he was suspected of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and a Mississippi judge.

The decision comes a day after authorities failed to find evidence of the poison at his house. Earlier on Tuesday officials canceled the latest hearing in Curtisís case.

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An FBI agent testified in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi earlier this week that investigators had not found any evidence of ricin or information on how to craft the poison, made from from castor beans, when they searched Curtisís home and computer.

Wow! They charged him despite there not being any actual evidence against him beyond a status update from Facebook and his sig-line from the internet being used in the lettesr. They even apparently have another suspect already, which raises the question of how thorough the investigation was to begin with and how through the new one has been. Have the FBI and the Justice Department so thoroughly tainted this case as to make a conviction impossible?

But this also raises a bigger issue. The Obama Administration filed charges against the wrong guy in a high profile terrorism case, but still insists that it can be trusted to drone American citizens in the US without any oversight from anyone else. Doesn't the degree of competence shown in this case make you feel secure about them exercising the power of judge, jury, and executioner?





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