A unanimous ethics committee report in the case of Sen. Ulysses Currie is expected to be released this afternoon, Senate PresidentThomas V. Mike Miller said Thursday morning.
Miller announced from the Senate podium that the report was still at the printer as of late morning but that it will be distributed to senators in early afternnon and subsequently posted on line so that senators aren't besieged by news media members seeking to obtain a copy.
The Senate chief said he has not seen the report concerning Currie, a Prince George's County Democrat who was acquitted of federal corruption charges last year. But Miller said he had been told there is no minority report and that Republicans and Democrats, as wel as House and Senate members, agreed on a recommendation.
During the federal trial at which Currie was found not guilty, his defense admitted the senator had failed to make required disclosures of payments he received from a grocery chain. But they argued his violations were a matter that should be handled by the General Assembly's ethics process rather than a criminal trial.