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Published On: Sat, Apr 27th, 2013

Mississippi man, James Everett Dutschke, arrested for connection with ricin letters

Just a few short days after former suspect and Elvis-impersonator, Paul Kevin Curtis, was released from custody in connection for the ricin-tainted letters sent to President Obama and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker, the FBI has arrested another Mississippi man, James Everett Dutschke of Tupelo  for the crime.

 

James Everett Dutschke arrested in connection with ricin letters Image/Video Screen Shot

James Everett Dutschke arrested in connection with ricin letters
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Fox News reports today that Dutschke, 41, was arrested without incident by the FBI at about 12:50 a.m. Saturday, and handed over to the U.S. Marshals Service.

His home and business were previously searched as part of an investigation into ricin-laced letters allegedly sent to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and a judge in Lee County, Mississippi.

There are reports of an ongoing feud between Curtis and Dutschke and their was suggestions of Dutschke framing Curtis for the crime. Dutschke’s attorney, Lori Basham, has said her client used to work for Curtis’ brother, but the two have had no contact since 2010.

The FBI said the letters tested positive for ricin, and were intercepted during the time of the Boston Marathon terror bombings.  No illnesses have been reported.

Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. If castor beans are chewed and swallowed, the released ricin can cause injury.  Ricin can be made from the waste material left over from processing castor beans.

It can be in the form of a powder (as in the this case), a mist, or a pellet, or it can be dissolved in water or weak acid.

As little as 500 micrograms — an amount the size of the head of a pin — can kill an adult. There is no specific test for exposure and no antidote once exposed.

Ricin works by getting inside the cells of a person’s body and preventing the cells from making the proteins they need. Without the proteins, cells die. Eventually this is harmful to the whole body, and death may occur.

 

 

 

 

About the Author

- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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  1. THIS ARTICLE IS INCOMPLETE. IT STATES [in reference to James Everett Dutschke], “His home and business were previously searched as part of an investigation into ricin-laced letters allegedly sent … ”

    NOW, I UNDERSTAND WHY Paul Kevin Curtis WAS “released without prejudice.” INVESTIGATORS KNOW NOTHING. THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT STATE A BLENDER, NOR, FOOD PROCESSOR WAS FOUND IN Mr. Dutschke HOME. NEITHER, DOES IT PROVIDE A PHYSICAL CONNECTION OF Ricin TO Mr. Dutschke’s PERSON.

    A COLORED MALE IS IN THE Oval Office. IF INVESTIGATORS AND THE MEDIA ARE GOING TO SAY A CAUCASIAN MALE IS TRYING TO ASSASSINATE HIM, DEFINITIVE PROOF NEEDS TO BE PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC – OTHERWISE, [AS, IN THIS CASE], IT LOOKS LIKE A civil-rights “fishing expedition.”

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • THE KENYAN’S SUPPORTERS SAY James Everett Dutschke MAILED AN “unsavory” letter TO Lee County [MS] Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland. ACCORDING TO Daily Journal [a northeastern Mississippi media-outlet; 10 June], “Justice Holland was the only official to actually open one of the letters, and she reportedly suffered no ill effects from it.” IF THIS STATEMENT DOES NOT GUARANTEE Mr. Dutschke’s acquittal, A LYNCH-MOB “IS AFOOT!”

      Mr. Dutschke WAS ARRESTED BECAUSE INVESTIGATORS CLAIM TRACES OF Ricin WERE FOUND IN Mr. Dutschke’s martial-arts studio; AND, INVESTIGATORS CLAIM – AFTER, LEAVING Mr. Dutschke’s studio – THEY SAW HIM “dump material.” [Hmn ..... so, the MAN can not take-out the trash? By-the-way, was the traces of Ricin planted in the studio?].

      ALTHOUGH IT IS COMMON PRACTICE FOR DEFENSE ATTORNEYS TO PURSUE A PLEA DEAL, Mr. Dutschke’s federal public-defender [George Lucas] STATED HE COULD NOT ETHICALLY ADVISE Mr. Dutschke TO WAIVE HIS RIGHT TO APPEAL. [Maybe, since Judge Holland was not harmed, Mr. Lucas realizes "all the feds have" is viewing Mr. Dutschke, while emptying the trash].

      “BOTTOM-LINE”: IN ORDER TO CONVICT James Everett Dutschke, PROSECUTORS MUST CONVINCE THE “PUBLIC” – NOT, A JURY – WHY Judge Holland’s continued well-being AFTER OPENING A MUNDANE LETTER STILL WARRANTS PUNISHMENT FOR Mr. Dutschke.

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • I JUST TRIED TO VIEW A WEB LINK FOR JURY INFORMATION AT THE MONROE COUNTY [MISSISSIPPI] COURTHOUSE IN ABERDEEN – I WAS DENIED ACCESS. I ALSO TRIED TO VIEW A WEBPAGE FOR Judge Sharion Aycock – WHOM I ASSUME WILL BE PRESIDING JUDGE AT James Everett Dutschke Trial, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO START TODAY [7 OCTOBER]; AGAIN, I WAS DENIED ACCESS.

        ACCORDING TO THE 2000 CENSUS, ABERDEEN IS MORE THAN SIXTY PERCENT, NEGRO ….. HMN, INTERESTING.

        IN FAIRNESS, SINCE THIS IS A FEDERAL TRIAL – MAYBE – NO INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

        IF THIS IS MY LAST CHANCE TO “CHEER-ON” Mr. Dutschke, I HOPE SOME TECHNICAL “GLITCH” ARISES WHICH SETS HIM FREE – BUT, IF THERE IS A NEGRO JURY, HOPE MAY BE LOST.

        CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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