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UPDATE: Spokane Ricin Suspect Appears In Court

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Matthew Ryan Buquet, the man arrested for sending ricin letters to a federal judge and the postal union, appeared in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing. The hearing did not last more than five minutes as Buquet waived his right to discuss the possibility of release on bail. He will remain in federal custody and it is not expected that there will be any updates for at least a couple of weeks as the Government and the defense team need to sit down and discuss the evidence that is available.

 TWEET FROM ALEX: Hearing lasted two minutes as he waived his bail hearing. Buquet will remain in federal custody.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Buquet with defense attorneys by his side confirms that he is waiving his bail hearing.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Court in session. Aine Ahmed w/ government says Buquet is "waiving bail hearing."

UPDATE: Matthew Ryan Buquet is expected to be in court at 2pm today for a bail hearing. We'll let you know what happened in court as soon as the judge makes a ruling.

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 37-year-old who has been charged with threatening to kill a federal judge in a case that involves letters containing the poison ricin is a registered sex offender who lives in a rundown apartment building near downtown Spokane.
    
Matthew Ryan Buquet is originally from Bogota, Colombia.
    
He remains in jail after appearing in federal court Wednesday and pleading not guilty to a charge of mailing a threatening communication.
    
He is a registered sex offender from a 1998 conviction for taking indecent liberties with a 10-year-old girl. He most recently worked as a janitor at ABM Janitorial Services in Spokane.

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