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Oct 27, 2011

Currie’s wife to testify in corruption case

The wife of state Sen. Ulysses Currie is scheduled to testify in the federal corruption case against her husband. Shirley Currie is expected to appear on Thursday, a day after former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich described the senator as a friend and a gentleman in the years he has known him. Sen. Currie, a Prince […]

Oct 20, 2011

Witnesses defend former Shoppers execs in Currie trial

Witnesses for two Shoppers Food Warehouse Corp. executives on Thursday called the pair honest, hard-working men whose contacts with state Sen. Ulysses S. Currie were above-board and fully documented in a valid consulting agreement. But federal prosecutors, through cross-examination, got the witnesses to concede they lacked full knowledge of the working relationship among Currie, D-Prince […[...]

Oct 20, 2011

C. Fraser Smith: Uly Currie and the rope-a-dope defense

In the embarrassment that is state Sen. Ulysses Currie’s corruption trial, there’s a crashing irony. His lawyers are mounting the “I’m an idiot” defense. The world at large may hope this is just a wink and a nod, an obvious ploy — that Mr. Currie can’t have been as low-powered a lawmaker as his friends […]

Oct 18, 2011

Voters to choose successor to Leslie Johnson

UPPER MARLBORO — Prince George’s County residents will be heading to the polls to choose a successor to former Councilwoman Leslie Johnson. Derrick Leon Davis won a 14-way Democratic primary last month to fill Johnson’s District 6 seat after receiving support from County Executive Rushern Baker. Davis, a former school system official and current chairman […]

Oct 7, 2011

Sentencing date set for Leslie Johnson

GREENBELT — A new sentencing date has been set for former Prince George’s County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson. Johnson pleaded guilty in June to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe that also ensnared her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson. She was scheduled to be sentenced next week, but the hearing was delayed at the […]

Sep 30, 2011

Top 5: ‘He has permanent scarring’

Two multimillion-dollar lawsuits filed in Baltimore City are among the most-read legal affairs stories this week. One lawsuit alleges police misconduct, the other filed in response to a boy being attacked by the pit bull. But the top stories of the week were the opening of a corruption trial against a prominent state senator and […]

Sep 29, 2011

Steven I. Platt: Corruption takes toll at home and abroad

Whether your daily routine starts with going to get the newspaper, consulting online news sources or both to complement your coffee, there are inevitably two themes which leap off the pages of whatever you read — the loss of confidence by the people in their elected and appointed governmental officials and institutions, and the cause […]

Sep 29, 2011

C. Fraser Smith: The culture of Annapolis on trial

We are told now and then that a “culture of corruption” exists in Annapolis. It’s not true. But there are aspects of life in the lawmaking arena which can be toxic to the process of lawmaking. Legislators and lobbyists have — on occasion — succumbed to the blandishments of an environment rife with temptation. The […]

Jul 28, 2011

Pursuit of Justice: Politicians need to lead, not pander

Watching and listening to our elected congressmen and senators stumble toward the latest deadline for addressing the debt limit crisis by rhetorically scratching and clawing at each other is at best annoying and at worse numbing. That “crisis,” like previous crises generated by the same issue and similar circumstances, was created by previous Congresses unnecessarily […]

Jul 18, 2011

Former P.G. County fire official pleads guilty

GREENBELT — A former Prince George’s County fire department official is the latest person to face prison time as a result of a wide-ranging probe into corruption in the county. Karl Granzow pleaded guilty in March to extortion conspiracy and tax evasion, and the plea was unsealed Monday. Federal prosecutors say he conspired with two […]

Jul 14, 2011

Editorial: Curbing police misconduct

Finally someone has stepped forward with a plan to get a handle on the soaring cost of police misconduct in Baltimore and the underlying inadequacies in training that contribute to it. Now let’s hope that plan makes a difference. Six weeks ago, City Solicitor George A. Nilson released figures in response to requests filed by […]

Jul 5, 2011

Leslie Johnson resigns P.G. County Council seat

WASHINGTON — The wife of former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson resigned from her seat on the County Council on Tuesday, five days after she pleaded guilty to destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe. Leslie E. Johnson handed her resignation letter to Council Chair Ingrid Turner on Tuesday morning. The resignation is […]

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