FBI: No Ricin at Suspect's Home

Lawyer says Paul Kevin Curtis is the 'perfect scapegoat'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 23, 2013 7:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Federal investigators haven't found any ricin, any ricin ingredients, or even any devices that could have been used to make ricin, "like a blender or something," in suspect Paul Kevin Curtis' home, an FBI agent testified in a hearing yesterday, according to the AP. Nor did Curtis' computer search history include any "dirty words" indicating that he might have researched poison making, the agent said, though investigators intended to do a "deep dive" into his computers to verify that.

Translation: "There is absolutely not a shred of evidence to link this poor guy" to the ricin-laced letters sent to Capitol Hill, his lawyer tells the LA Times . "He is the perfect scapegoat, the perfect patsy, and it’s really sad because at first everybody’s like, you know, he’s kind of crazy, maybe he did it." The lawyer suggested that Curtis might have been set up (possibly by a former business associate of Curtis' brother) and is arguing that the case should be dismissed, but authorities are still convinced they have the right person. Hearings will resume today, and will likely focus on Curtis' mental health.

Federal agents wearing hazardous material suits inspect a trash can outside the house of Paul Kevin Curtis in Corinth, Miss.,  April 19, 2013.
Federal agents wearing hazardous material suits inspect a trash can outside the house of Paul Kevin Curtis in Corinth, Miss., April 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
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