Judge orders passport returned to state Sen. Currie

ANNAPOLIS — A federal judge has ordered the temporary return of an indicted state senator’s passport so he can attend a conference in Canada.

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett filed the order this week to return Sen. Ulysses Currie’s passport so he can attend the annual meeting of the Council of State Governments next month in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Currie, a Prince George’s County Democrat, will have to return the passport within a week of returning.

Currie is charged with accepting bribes from Shoppers Food Warehouse and lying to federal investigators. He has pleaded not guilty, and his trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 26.

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