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Defense begins in Currie trial

Defense begins in Currie trial

Attorneys for state Sen. Ulysses S. Currie, on trial for extortion and related charges, began his defense Monday by calling a witness who portrayed the Prince George's County legislator as endlessly pleasant, but not very bright. "On the smart [scale], he's right at the bottom," Timothy F. Maloney, a lawyer and former Maryland delegate, testified as the first witness for the defense. "On the nice [scale], he's right at the top." Currie, a former teacher, has a master's degree in education, and he held one of the most powerful positions in the state legislature as chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. Yet, according to Maloney,...

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