The Maryland Senate voted Friday morning to censure veteran Prince George's legislator Ulysses Currie for his failure to disclose outside consulting payments that became the subject of a federal investigation.
The 47-0 vote followed an emotional apology by Currie, whose voice cracked as he told colleagues he accepted the censure recommendation by the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics, which convened at the request of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert).
“I will not stand here and make excuses. I’m a person with flaws,” Currie said. “I never intended to do anything that would bring dishonor to you.”
Currie was acquitted last year of federal bribery and corruption charges stemming from $245,000 he received over five years from Shoppers Food Warehouse. Prosecutors had accused Currie of seeking to use his office to benefit the chain.
The committee of lawmakers that issued the censure recommendation also requested that Currie be barred from leadership roles in the Senate, as chairman of any committee or subcommittee, and as a member of any committee except budget and taxation. Miller told reporters Friday he has not yet decided on that recommendation.
All we did today was censure him,” Miller said.