Some Bribery Charges Against Md. State Sen. Currie Dropped

By Kathy Banks
|  Tuesday, May 10, 2011  |  Updated 6:21 PM EDT
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Some Bribery Charges Against Currie Dropped

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A legal victory for Maryland state Sen. Ulysses Currie: Federal prosecutors have dropped almost half of the bribery charges against him.

They said the charges were dropped because they duplicated others that still stand in the indictment.

The mail and wire fraud charges were also dismissed.

Currie (D-Prince George’s County) was indicted in September, accused of accepting $245,000 from the Shoppers Food & Pharmacy grocery store chain in exchange for favorable votes that allegedly benefited the company. He’s also charged with lying to federal investigators.

His trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 26 in Baltimore.

Currie has pleaded not guilty.

His attorneys are pushing to have the rest of the charges dismissed.

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