Jacksonville, FL — There is no decision yet on whether now-former Congresswoman Corrine Brown will get a new trial or potentially be acquitted outright in connection to the 18 federal charges for which she's been convicted.
During a motions hearing Monday, Brown's attorneys argued their case. WOKV has previously told you that the motion for a new trial looked heavily at the judge's decision to dismiss a juror during deliberations, because that juror had said the "Holy Spirit" told him Brown was not guilty. That juror was replaced by the first alternate, and the jury rendered its verdicts soon after. In deciding to dismiss the juror, District Judge Timothy Corrigan drew a dividing line, saying a juror is allowed to have deeply held religious beliefs, but the problem in this case is the juror had been directed on a verdict. In the motion for a new trial, Brown's attorney argued the court improperly interpreted the juror's statements as external forces, where it could have indicating his gut and instincts.
The arguments around the motion to acquit were based on whether Brown actually had any criminal intent, or if she was just negligent in managing her finances and office- which was a theme the defense had argued in the trial itself.
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On both counts, government prosecutors stood by the arguments previously made and the decisions already rendered by the court.
Corrigan said he will issue his rulings in writing, but there’s no clear timeline when they will be filed.
Brown was convicted in May on 18 of 22 charges. The convictions show that a jury believed she was actively involved in soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to a sham charity called One Door For Education, knowing the money would be used for lavish events and personal expenses instead. Brown's Chief of Staff Ronnie Simmons and his then-girlfriend- the President of One Door- Carla Wiley, were also indicted in the scheme. They both pleaded guilty and testified at Brown's trial.
In addition to the fraud related counts connected to One Door, Brown was also found guilty of lying on tax returns by inflating charitable contributions and under-reporting income, as well as filing false financial disclosures required by public officials.
No sentencing date has yet been set for any of the three defendants.