Federal prosecutors have dropped nearly half of the bribery charges against Maryland state Sen. Ulysses Currie.
In court filings last week, U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein wrote that a Supreme Court decision renders charges of honest services fraud legally duplicative of another charge in the indictment. Rosenstein also wrote that mail and wire fraud charges were being dropped.
“Anytime half the prosecution’s case goes away, it’s a good thing,” said Joseph L. Evans, an assistant public defender representing Currie said Tuesday.
Evans said attorneys for Currie have moved to have the rest of the charges dismissed, and a hearing is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett on July 25 in federal court in Baltimore.
Currie, a Prince George’s County Democrat, was indicted in September on charges of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and extortion. The 18-count indictment accused him of illegally using his influence to benefit a grocery store chain, and he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Currie is still charged with accepting bribes from Shoppers Food Warehouse and lying to federal investigators. His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 26 in federal court.