• Corrine Brown's attorney requests that she receive a sentence of probation

    By: Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown isn't giving up her fight to avoid jail time.

    On Friday, her attorney, James Smith, filed new documents explaining why she should be given probation.

    Smith cited a lack of criminal history and Brown's age. He also said prison time isn't needed to protect the public from Brown.

    "If there is one overriding theme that is present in the United States’ Sentencing Memorandum it is retribution," the document reads. "The United States Sentencing Memorandum begins with what can only be described as an effort to paint Corrine Brown as an angry woman who has consistently attacked the Unites States and has raised the possibility that race has been a factor in some of the things that have happened to her during her political career."

    He also said that character letters submitted to the court demonstrate Brown's decades of public service, and the court will also hear from people whose lives were positively impacted by Brown during her sentencing hearing on Thursday.

    “The story of Corrine Brown is the story of a woman who literally changed the city of Jacksonville, the state of Florida, and the United States," the document states.

    Prosecutors are seeking a "significant punishment" for Brown, who was convicted on 18 counts in a federal fraud trial in May.

    Prosecutors are asking for reduced sentences for Brown’s co-conspirators. In a document filed in federal court, the government cited Carla Wiley's and Ronnie Simmons’ cooperation.


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