Cancer treatment may have made Currie "fuzzy" during FBI interview
Defense lawyer Joe Evans, a public defender, said that "potent drugs" used to treat the cancer reduced the senator's cognitive abilities and made him "fuzzy."
Evans gave his presentation during a round of final motions hearings this morning. Currie's public corruption trial begins next week. Currie, a Prince George's County Democrat, is accused of accepting bribes from a grocery chain headquartered in his district.
During the hearing Judge Richard D. Bennett noted that there are several members of the General Assembly who may testify as character witnesses for the defense. Evans declined to provide any names after the hearing.
Evans introduced the illness and treatment to make an argument that Currie was not thinking clearly in spring of 2008 when he was interviewed by the FBI. He would argue that the temporary lack of mental acuity caused the senator to give some incorrect answers to the FBI, a defense for the false statement charge Currie faces.
Evans said Currie was diagnosed around Christmas 2007. The FBI interviews were in the spring of 2008.
Evans also revealed that at some point the senator had stumbled and fallen to the ground, injuring his head. A series of MRIs revealed "a mass" in his brain, Evans said in court. Evans declined to say anything additionally about the mass or how it could relate to Currie's health or defense.