John G. Rowland

U.S. drops part of case against Currie

U.S. drops part of case against Currie

Federal prosecutors have dropped nearly half of the bribery charges against state Sen. Ulysses Currie, chopping seven counts that were connected to an outdated legal theory.

Currie, a Democrat, remains accused of accepting bribes from a grocery chain based in his district in exchange for favorable votes and legislation. He also is charged with lying to federal investigators.

Currie's attorney hailed the development as a victory. "We continue to puzzle over why these counts were brought in the first place," said Joseph Evans, a federal public defender.

Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, declined to comment. In court...