When the federal courthouse doors opened in Downtown Jacksonville Monday morning, prospective jurors crowded around and quietly filed in. By 8:54 a.m., former Congresswoman Corrine Brown was sitting in a courtroom next to her attorney, with a small notepad and pens in front of her, waiting for the people who would decide her future to file in to be screened. While a court order indicated 39 prospective jurors had been summoned for the fraud trial, the instructions laid out Monday morning by Magistrate Judge James R. Klindt put the pool at 65 people. That will be whittled down to twelve jurors and two alternates by the time Tuesday is done. Brown and two others are accused of collecting more than $800,000 in donations for a group they claimed was a non-profit - One Door For Education - and using the money for personal expenses instead, including travel, car repairs, and events hosted by or held in honor of Brown, who was in Congress at the time. Her two alleged co-conspirators - her former Chief of Staff Ronnie Simmons and the head of One Door Carla Wiley- have both taken plea deals. Brown faces twenty-two charges including conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, filing false tax returns, and more. If convicted, she faces more than 350 years in prison. A jury must issue a unanimous verdict to convict. After the list of prospective jurors was passed out to the attorneys, there was a brief break so either side could sort through the information. Brown was actively engaged with her attorney James Smith III during this break, including pointing to different items on the papers that were handed out. For this jury selection process, Klindt told the courtroom he had studied high profile and high publicity cases from the Middle District of Florida and the 11th Circuit to determine the best practices. Before the standard questions, he asked jurors about any familiarity with Brown, whether they’ve supported her in the past, whether they have any bias toward or against her, and similar areas. While there were only a few people who said they knew Brown or had any feelings about her, more than half of the pool- 39 people- had some level of personal knowledge about this case. These questions were laid out in the group setting, with jurors raising their hands, but not providing much additional detail. Individual questioning will follow in smaller groups- with Klindt specifically saying he wanted to be careful that anything a prospective juror has to say will not influence others. Once this questioning specific to this case is done, Klindt hopes to have about 45 prospective jurors remaining, at which point the standard questioning will take place. That phase includes looking at some of the personal information of the prospective jurors, whether they’ve served on a jury before and other areas. Both sides can strike prospective jurors “for cause”, or use a specific number of “peremptory” strikes as the jury selection process moves forward. Klindt says he intends to allow attorneys for both sides to ask questions of the prospective jurors as well, once his questioning is through. WOKV is inside the federal courthouse as these proceedings move forward. Check back frequently at WOKV.com for updates.