Ex-con­gress­woman seeks new trial af­ter con­vic­tion

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE -

JACK­SONVILLE, Fla. - For­mer U.S. Rep. Cor­rine Brown is seek­ing a new trial af­ter a fed­eral jury found her guilty of us­ing a pur­ported char­ity for poor chil­dren as a per­sonal slush fund.

The Florida Times-Union re­ports at­tor­neys for Brown filed a mo­tion Thurs­day re­quest­ing a new trial. They ar­gued the for­mer con­gress­woman's chief aide was be­hind the scheme to use the char­ity's funds for lav­ish par­ties and other per­sonal ex­penses.

Through the mo­tion Brown’s lawyers as­sert, “Sim­ply put, the gov­ern­ment failed to present in its case any ev­i­dence that the de­fen­dant was aware of the mis­deeds of ei­ther Ms. Wi­ley or Mr. Sim­mons,” said the mo­tion filed by James Smith III and co-coun­sel Sa­muel Walker. “Guilt by as­so­ci­a­tion is not a suf­fi­cient ba­sis for con­vic­tion.”

Jurors found Brown guilty last month of 18 counts as­so­ci­ated with tak­ing money raised for the One Door for Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion and ly­ing on her taxes and con­gres­sional fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure forms. Brown's sen­tenc­ing has not been sched­uled.

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Ex-Con­gress­woman Cor­rine Brown

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