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Retired Court of Appeals judge to counsel Currie

ANNAPOLIS — Retired Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. has agreed to be state Sen. Ulysses Currie’s counsel before a General Assembly ethics panel.

State Sen. Ulysses Currie (right) and his attorney Joseph L. Evans

Murphy, who now works for the Baltimore law firm Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White, confirmed Wednesday in a telephone interview that he has agreed to assist the senator in the process.

The General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics will hold proceedings on whether Currie, D-Prince George’s, should be sanctioned for failing to disclose work he did for a grocery store chain that paid him more than $245,000 between 2003 and 2008. Currie was acquitted of federal bribery charges in November.

The panel’s proceedings are scheduled to take place early in the legislative session, which begins next week.