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Fed Judge Rules in Lieberman Case

September 21, 2000

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A federal judge Wednesday ordered a man who allegedly made a death threat against Joseph Lieberman to be held in jail pending a psychiatric evaluation.

Curtis C. Fulton is charged with threatening to kill the Democratic vice presidential candidate because of his criticisms of the entertainment industry.

Fulton, 32, faces up to three years in prison if convicted.

He allegedly called Lieberman’s office Sept. 15 and told a staff member he had a gun and intended to kill the Connecticut senator, according to a sworn statement by a Secret Service agent.

Fulton left his name and telephone number. Agents who went to his Tampa apartment found that he had put a deposit on a handgun at a pawnshop the same day he called Lieberman’s office.

Fulton became agitated and threatened to kill the agents who arrived at his home, the statement said.

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