Top House Democrat testifies in Currie trial
Prince George's County Del. Dereck E. Davis, who chairs the House Economic Matters Committee, was called to the witness stand this morning in extortion trial of state Sen. Ulysses Currie.
His testimony, which lasted about a half hour, focused on a late amendment added to a bill during the 2005 legislative session that transferred a liquor license from one Shoppers Food Warehouse store to another at Currie's request.
Currie is accused of taking bribes from Shoppers' executives in exchange for legislative favors.
Davis said on the stand that, during the final "hectic" days of a legislative session, late amendments can get passed without thorough scrutiny by lawmakers.
"It's not uncommon for a member to have missed what was going on," Davis said.
Former Sen. John A. Giannetti is on the stand now.