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Attorney: Ricin Suspect Interrogated For Hours; Senate Mail Service To Resume On Monday

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - An attorney says in court documents that the man accused of mailing ricin-tainted letters to the president and a U.S. senator was chained to a chair and interrogated for several hours after his arrest.
    
Paul Kevin Curtis was in a Mississippi courtroom Friday afternoon, but prosecutors have asked to delay that hearing. They say Curtis' car and home are being searched, and officers could not enter until they were inspected by a hazardous materials team.
    
Curtis' attorney, Christi McCoy, gave some details of Curtis' arrest in documents opposing the delay. She says Curtis had been planning to go to his ex-wife's home to cook dinner for her and their children when he was arrested Wednesday while he got his mail.
    
Curtis mouthed the words "I didn't do it" to people in the courtroom after he entered.

Senate Mail Service To Resume On Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate offices will begin receiving mail again on Monday, days after a Mississippi man was arrested on charges he sent ricin-laced letters addressed to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator.
    
In an email to Senate offices, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer says that Senate mail will temporarily be screened at a House mail sorting facility but that all offices will start getting mail again on Monday.
    
Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss. was charged this week with sending threatening letters containing ricin to Obama and Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. Authorities say he sent a third threatening letter to a Mississippi judge, though that letter is still being tested for the presence of ricin. Curtis has denied making the ricin and mailing the letters.
    
Gainer says the Senate's mail processing system - in his words - "worked precisely the way it was intended." Gainer is also emphasizing to Senate staff that they continue to follow protocols for opening mail.

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