Mississippi man in ricin case: 'I love my country'

Paul Kevin Curtis, who had been in custody under suspicion of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others, left, hugs his attorney Christi McCoy during a news conference following his release Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Oxford, Miss. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means they could be re-instated if prosecutors so choose.
Paul Kevin Curtis, who had been in custody under suspicion of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others, left, hugs his attorney Christi McCoy during a news conference following his release Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Oxford, Miss. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means they could be re-instated if prosecutors so choose. Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle via AP Photo

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man is speaking out now that charges have been dropped against him in an investigation of ricin-laced letters.

Paul Kevin Curtis says he respects President Barack Obama, loves his country and that he "would never do anything to pose a threat."

Curtis says this week has been a nightmare.

Curtis was arrested last Wednesday after the detection of poisoned letters to Obama, a U.S. senator and a judge.

Charges were dropped late Tuesday after searches of Curtis' house failed to turn up ricin.

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