The lawyer for State Sen. Ulysses Currie, accused of conspiring to accept bribes, says too many people knew about his activities for it to be a case of bribery.
Joseph Evans, an attorney for Sen. Ulysses Currie, told jurors in federal court on Thursday that Currie even told an ethics officer for the Maryland General Assembly about a consulting deal with Shoppers Food Warehouse. Evans says lobbyists for two competing grocery stores also knew of the agreement.
Evans says Currie shouldn’t have voted on legislation that enabled Shoppers to transfer a liquor license between stores, but that it was not a bribe or federal crime.
Currie is charged with bribery, extortion, conspiracy and making false statements over $245,000 in payments he received over several years from Shoppers.