By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal
• See accompanying letter for full demand to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
OXFORD – Kevin Curtis, wrongly accused in a poison-letter plot, deserves restoration of his damaged property and reputation, his attorney writes federal authorities.
“At this point, I am making a demand that Mr. Curtis be provided a temporary housing allowance until such time as his home can be properly cleaned and his possessions returned to their pre-arrest state,” Oxford attorney Christi R. McCoy wrote U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams on Monday.
Curtis, 45, of Corinth was arrested by federal authorities on April 17. His home was ransacked in a search for evidence against him, his dog escaped and his fish died as a consequence.
“His reputation is permanently damaged – we understand that,” McCoy wrote in a two-page letter. “No amount of money6 can undo the harm done by the assertions made by your office.”
Curtis was jailed and held nearly a week on an arrest warrant accusing him of poison-letter threats to President Obama, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo and Lee County Justice Court Judge Sadie Holland.
When court proceedings proved no link between Curtis and the allegations, the charges were dismissed and he was released.
The case continues to gain national attention, now with the arrest of another man who reportedly feuded with Curtis over the years.
In her letter, McCoy said Curtis’ home “is uninhabitable” and that he was forced to hire legal counsel because of the arrest.
She asks for payment of his attorneys fees, too.
The housing need “is the most pressing,” McCoy notes, saying she “would appreciate your handling that right away.”
She also asks that Curtis’ name be removed immediately from the federal “watch/no fly list.”
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