Most Read: Local

Maryland Politics
Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 11/07/2011

Currie jury to resume deliberations Monday


Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's), right, walks out of U.S. District Court with his wife, Rev. Shirley Gravely-Currie, during a recess from closing arguments in a federal bribery case against him in Baltimore on Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The jury weighing the federal public corruption case against Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie is scheduled to resume its deliberations Monday shortly after 10 a.m.

Currie (D-Prince George’s) is accused of conspiring with two grocery chain executives to use his office to do a series of favors for Shoppers Food Warehouse in exchange for $245,000 in payments spanning more than five years.

During a six-week trial, defense lawyers portrayed the situation as a legitimate consulting arrangement and mocked the prosecution for suggesting the three men had engaged in a conspiracy.

All told, the jury must decide 19 charges pending against Currie, the former chairman of the Budget and Taxation Committee, and his two co-defendants. Currie is charged under nine counts of the indictment, including conspiracy, bribery and making false statements to the FBI. William J. White, the now-retired former president of Shoppers, is charged with five counts, as is R. Kevin Small, who oversaw construction for the grocery chain.

The jury in U.S. District Court in Baltimore got the case late Thursday afternoon and deliberated all day Friday before breaking for the weekend.

By  |  08:27 AM ET, 11/07/2011

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company