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Lawyer: Currie Was 'Very Sick' At Time Of FBI Raid

BALTIMORE (AP) -- A lawyer for a Maryland state lawmaker awaiting trial on corruption charges says his client was being treated for cancer and given medication that made him "fuzzy" during an FBI investigation three years ago.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in federal court in Baltimore in the trial of Sen. Ulysses Currie, who is accused of using his influence to benefit a grocery store chain for which he worked as a consultant.

His lawyer, Joseph Evans, said in court Friday that Currie was being treated for prostate cancer during the 2008 raid and was a "very sick patient" at the time. Evans wants to call Currie's urologist as a witness.

A judge said he would hold a hearing to establish the scope of the doctor's testimony.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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