BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A prominent state senator is on trial for bribery and extortion. So is he corrupt or is he simply too dumb to know what he’s doing?

Denise Koch reports friends of Senator Ulysses Currie took the stand in what could be a so-called stupidity defense.

In federal court, some of Senator Currie’s closest friends are taking swipes at his intelligence, memory and organizational skills—including U.S. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. Hoyer told the jury Currie did not pay attention to details but he did pay attention to people. He said Currie is caring and decent but organization is not his strong suit.

Urologist Michael Naslund, who tried Currie for cancer, testified that the senator’s mental capabilities seemed fuzzy and he was taking medication that sometimes causes patients to be forgetful.

Currie is accused of trying to sway state leaders about projects benefitting the Shoppers grocery chain, a company that gave him a $240,000 contract. The defense isn’t denying the facts but is trying to show that Currie didn’t know what he was doing.

Both Governor Martin O’Malley and former Governor Bob Ehrlich are expected to testify on Currie’s behalf in this trial.

Comments (11)
  1. Fed Up says:

    Hoyer: cheerleader for Obama. One of the reasons the country is falling apart is because of Obamacare. Hoyer was one of the main supporters for its passage. Mr. Hoyer’s opinion doesn’t mean very much to me.

    1. Matt says:

      instead of bringing outside factors in, let stay on topic and realize that another politician is on trial for corruption. also, it doesnt matter that Hoyers opinion doesnt mean that much to you.

  2. PO PO PO says:

    Yea Just one rat showing another rat where the trap is

  3. David Dows says:

    ORGANIZATION is not his strong point? Really, Hoyer? What does that have to do with it. He was caught peddling influence. What difference does it make if he’s disorganized or not????? Or is that just the way you DEMS look at obvious corruption???

  4. FED-UP says:

    Just another F-Ing thief who is above the law – THANKS you damn crook!

  5. james says:

    If this wasn’t so sad it would be funny. I’m bewildered make that perplex that he will get off and be able to keep his seat in the hallowed halls of the Md senate. I hope we all get this type of compassion . I’m not sure if anyone is taking note but the pols are circling the wagons …God bless them all .i’m not even upset that this is a Dem , this is fascinating

  6. Steve says:

    So the man who is highly educated, served as an educator and principal was not an organized individual and lacked common sense to an extreme and is now in charge of the budget…

  7. cms827 says:

    LOL only in Maryland!!!! Another crook who will get all his benefits!!

  8. ravenmaniac881 says:

    Great defense……medication that makes you forget things. I bet he diodn’t forget where he put the $240,000 though. Another corrupt politician out of PG County. But in his defense…..look at him. He does look dumber than a door nail.

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