Not guilty, but not out of the woods

The news: A federal jury found state Sen. Ulysses Currie and two executives of Shoppers Food Warehouse not guilty in a bribery and extortion case, but now Senator Currie faces an inquiry from the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics.

Our take: The Senate needs to expel Mr. Currie. The facts of what he did are not in dispute, and they amount to using the power of public office for private gain. The parade of high-ranking state officials who testified on his behalf leaves the impression that his behavior is accepted and condoned.

Readers respond: This case is a microcosm of everything that is wrong with politics, especially in Maryland.  If Currie felt there was nothing wrong with his relationship with Shoppers, why didn't he make it clear when he was strong arming state officials (like the SHA chief) that he was a paid employee of Shoppers?? And then the other liars in government, including the current and former governors, testify on what a great guy he is and how honest he is.   

If this ain't the good ole boys network at its best, I don't know what else it would take to prove it.  The kings have all coronated themselves and don't give a damn about the taxpayers or anyone but themselves.  Thieves stick together.  Welcome to Maryland state government.
--BigTony

The news: A federal jury found state Sen. Ulysses Currie and two executives of Shoppers Food Warehouse not guilty in a bribery and extortion case, but now Senator Currie faces an inquiry from the General Assembly's Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics. Our take: The Senate needs to expel Mr. Currie. The facts of what he did are not in dispute, and they amount to using the power of public office for private gain. The parade of high-ranking state officials who testified on his behalf leaves the impression that his behavior is accepted and condoned. Readers respond: This case is a microcosm of everything that is wrong with politics, especially in Maryland. If Currie felt there was nothing wrong with his relationship with Shoppers, why didn't he make it clear when he was strong arming state officials (like the SHA chief) that he was a paid employee of Shoppers?? And then the other liars in government, including the current and former governors, testify on what a great guy he is and how honest he is. If this ain't the good ole boys network at its best, I don't know what else it would take to prove it. The kings have all coronated themselves and don't give a damn about the taxpayers or anyone but themselves. Thieves stick together. Welcome to Maryland state government. --BigTony

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