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Mississippi man cleared of poison-letters charges sues feds

JACKSON — An Elvis impersonator and singer in Mississippi is suing the federal government for wrongful arrest after he was charged and later cleared of sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama. Paul Kevin Curtis filed a lawsuit April 30 in federal court, claiming that prosecutors continued to hold him in jail even after they knew there was no evidence ...

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Dutschke gets 25 years for sending ricin-laced letters

ABERDEEN — A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty to sending letters dusted with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison. James Everett Dutschke was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen after telling the judge May 13 that he had changed his mind about wanting to withdraw ...

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Dutschke's withdrawl of plea in ricin letters case leaves legal questions

ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke’s request to withdraw his guilty plea to charges he sent poisoned letters to the president, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge could bring him more legal trouble. Dutschke also pleaded guilty to state fondling charges. Prosecutors recommended he serve a 20-year sentence at the same time as the proposed 25-year federal sentence under a ...

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Ricin letter suspect stuns court, withdraws guilty plea

ABERDEEN — James Everett Dutschke is not going easily. The Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in January to sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others changed his mind yesterday, asking a judge to withdraw his plea just before sentencing. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock did not rule immediately on the request, telling the defense and prosecutors to lay ...

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Man who sent ricin-laced letters to be sentenced

A Tupelo man is facing sentencing, wrapping up one of the most bizarre cases ever tried. A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for James Everett Dutschke, who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials. Dutschke will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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Ricin letters suspect to appear at change-of-plea hearing

TUPELO — A Mississippi man accused of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a senator and a judge is scheduled to appear at change-of-plea hearing today, according to NBC News. James Everett Dutschke, of Tupelo, has denied sending letters containing the deadly substance ricin. In November, while Dutschke was behind bars, he was charged again with attempting to get someone to send more ...

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Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters pleads not guilty

TUPELO — A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has pleaded not guilty to a new indictment. James Everett Dutschke was scheduled for an arraignment today in U.S. District Court in Oxford, but his lawyer filed a waiver of appearance and entered the not guilty plea on his behalf. Dutschke has been jailed ...

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Dutschke to face second charge involving ricin-laced letters

TUPELO — A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow on a new charge. James Everett Dutschke has been jailed since April on charges of sending ricin-tainted letters to Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge, Sadie Holland. A new indictment on Nov. 20 says ...

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Man falsely accused of sending ricin-laced letters files lawsuit

CORINTH — An Elvis impersonator charged, then cleared, of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others has filed a defamation lawsuit against the current suspect in the case. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in Alcorn County Circuit Court in north Mississippi. It says James Everett Dutschke framed Paul Kevin Curtis when he sent ricin-tainted letters on April 8 ...

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L.A. Times' ricin arrest story portrays ‘squabbling tribes, petty vengeances’ in NE Miss.

TUPELO, Miss. — Federal agents of all sorts invaded northeast Mississippi several days ago, on a mission: Find the man who sent a poison-laced letter to the president. But the United States government quickly found itself entangled, once again, in a misunderstood land dominated by squabbling tribes and petty vengeances, the L.A. Times reports. Agents first arrested an Elvis impersonator, ...

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