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.