Terrorism

Elvis Impersonator's Home "Uninhabitable" After Ricin Search

Another development in the ricin case.

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Kevin Curtis, the Elvis impersonator charged and then un-charged with sending ricin to the president, isn't happy with how the police conducted themselves while searching his home. According to the AP,

YOU WOULDN'T TREAT GRACELAND LIKE THIS.

Curtis' lawyer, Christi McCoy, has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Felicia Adams demanding that Curtis be provided temporary housing and the government repair his Corinth, Miss., home and possessions. She also wants the government to pay his legal bills.

"To be specific, Mr. Curtis' home is uninhabitable. I have seen a lot of post search residences but this one is quite disturbing. The agents removed art from the walls, broke the frames and tore the artwork. Mr. Curtis offered his keys but agents chose to break the lock. Mr. Curtis' garbage was scheduled to be picked up Thursday, the day after he was snatched from his life. A week later, the garbage remains in his home, along with millions of insects it attracted," the letter says.

If McCoy's claims are true, I think Curtis should be compensated. To align the incentives appropriately, the compensation should come from the budget of the department that conducted the search.