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Currie bribery trial enters 6th week

The jury in the bribery trial of a senator accused of selling his influence to help a grocery store chain has heard testimony from two employees of another company that paid the senator while the General Assembly considered legislation significant to the company.

The trial of Sen. Ulysses Currie entered its sixth week on Monday.

Columbia-based APG, which helped companies get tax credits for hiring residents on welfare, paid Currie in 2001 and 2002. In 2003, the General Assembly was considering an extension to the state’s “Work Not Welfare” law.

Katheryn Leggieri, who worked for the company, testified that she saw a check for Currie, but didn’t know what he was being paid to do.

An attorney for Currie noted that the bill had wide support in the General Assembly.