Graves and Cleaver fight against Robert Courtney’s early release

Pharmacist Robert Courtney
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Congressmen Sam Graves (MO-06) and Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) wrote to Attorney General Garland and Director Colette Peters of the Federal Bureau of Prisons today, urging them to ensure that convicted felon Robert Courtney remains incarcerated.

“Robert Courtney’s violent crimes were heinous,” the congressmen wrote. “To this day, it’s difficult to find anyone in the region who hasn’t been impacted, who didn’t have a family member, friend, or loved one stolen from them too soon by Courtney. Through fraud and deceit, he stole precious time from so many. The damage he inflicted on those who trusted him for medical care, through his wanton acts of violence for personal gain, is immeasurable. As penance for his crimes, Courtney should serve no less than the entirety of his sentence behind bars.”

You can read the full letter here.

The Department of Justice reversed a prior decision to transfer Courtney to home confinement in 2020 after Graves and Cleaver opposed the move. At the time, it was reported that the agency was considering the transfer because Courtney was “at minimal risk of recidivating” and there were concerns for his health. In response, the congressmen noted, “It should be noted that Courtney had no such concern for the health of the patients under his care.”

You can read the 2020 letter here.

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