Federal prosecutors say a prominent state senator sold his office to help a grocery store chain, but the senator’s lawyers say he arranged meetings but did nothing illegal. Attorneys gave opening statements on Tuesday in a federal case in Baltimore against Sen. Ulysses Currie, a Prince George’s County Democrat. Prosecutors outlined conspiracy, bribery, extortion and […]
Jury selection started Monday morning in the trial of state Sen. Ulysses Currie in federal court in Baltimore. Prosecutors allege that after the Prince George’s County Democrat became chairman of the committee that steers state spending, he asked to be put on the payroll of Shoppers Food Warehouse and agreed to use his office to […]
ANNAPOLIS — Prominent Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie will stand trial in federal court this week accused of taking bribes from two former executives of Shoppers Food Warehouse. Currie, who served as chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee before the accusations arose, has been charged with accepting over $245,000 in payments in exchange for […]
A federal judge has denied a request by a state senator’s attorneys to dismiss bribery charges against the senator. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett issued the order denying the request on Friday. Lawyers for Sen. Ulysses Currie had argued that the vagueness of state law blurred the line between his role as a part-time senator […]
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Within a few hours of the news that Phillip J. Closius was resigning as the dean of the University of Baltimore’s School of Law, the story had already climbed to the top spot of this week’s legal affairs stories on our website. That story and more in the top 5. 1. Closius resigns as UB […]
ANNAPOLIS — Attorneys for indicted state Sen. Ulysses Currie are trying to get his passport back temporarily so he can attend a conference in Canada. Currie’s lawyers made the request Friday in U.S. District Court filings. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett has not yet released a decision. Currie, a Prince George’s County Democrat, gave up […]
Federal prosecutors have dropped nearly half of the bribery charges against Maryland state Sen. Ulysses Currie. In court filings last week, U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein wrote that a Supreme Court decision renders charges of honest services fraud legally duplicative of another charge in the indictment. Rosenstein also wrote that mail and wire fraud charges were […]