Corrine Brown jury starts deliberations from scratch after juror dismissed

Claudine Rigal
Mai 18, 2017

At issue was her relationship with the One Door Educational Foundation and the use of dollars from the organization prosecutors said was for Brown's personal gain.

If Brown is convicted on all counts, she faces 357 years in prison and $5 million in fines.

In this August 13, 2015 file photo, Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Florida, talks with the press in Tallahassee, Fla.

"Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tysen Duva and Eric Olshan painted Brown as an egotistical politician who lived beyond her means".

The trial against Brown began late last month, where she was accused of diverting funds from a charitable foundation she'd set up for poor children for her own use to pay for a lavish lifestyle that included Beverly Hills shopping sprees.

Over several days of testimony, prosecutors documented that at least $300,000 of One Door's funds paid for receptions, luxury boxes at sporting events and concerts, and trips and expenses for Brown and her associates.

Brown's charges include seven counts of wire fraud, five of mail fraud, one of conspiracy, and three of falsifying tax returns.

Brown's lawyers argued that her former chief of staff Elias "Ronnie" Simmons was the person responsible. He also shared a statement from Brown, saying that she respects the justice system but still maintains her innocence and thanked the public for its support and prayers.

Rep. Corrine Brown - here seen talking with the press in Tallahassee, Fla., in 2015 - was convicted of more than a dozen federal fraud charges Thursday.

Congressman Al Lawson, who defeated Brown in a Democratic primary previous year, was circumspect in a statement issued by his office following the verdict. During these occasions, he would be directed to deposit the maximum $800 from the account at an ATM near his house and then deposit hundreds into her personal account. Brown's personal account. Sometimes he kept some for himself.

A source close to Brown tells Action News Jax that she does not plan to return to the courthouse until the jury has a question or verdict. 'And she will continue to do that'.

Brown, a Democrat who served 24 years in Congress, lost her re-election bid last year after being indicted.

The representative's attorney indicated that he would file a motion for a new trial soon after Brown's sentencing, but admitted that he was disappointed by today's conviction.

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