Still no verdict for Florida ex-congresswoman's fraud trial

After a almost 25-year career representing Florida in Congress, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was found guilty on Thursday of taking money from a charity that was purported to be giving scholarships to poor students.

Her district, created to increase African-American representation in Congress, stretched from her hometown of Jacksonville to areas of western Orlando and Orange County, including Eatonville and the Pine Hills neighborhood. Brown is charged with 22 crimes ranging from conspiracy to wire fraud.

Brown's sentence will come from the presiding judge at a hearing not expected to happen for another 90 days.

Previous year during a Tallahassee campaign stop Brown insisted investigations into her activities with the One Door Education Foundation was an effort to take her out of Congress:.

One of her lawyers promised a battery of legal actions, beginning with a motion for a new trial. "She's resolved and resilient", McKissick said.

"She told you herself she knows how to rob Peter to pay Paul, and she's right", Olshan said.

Smith pointed to the case of former Virginia Gov.

Key to the government's conviction was the testimony of Ms.

"The American legal system has a number of levels, and this is just the first step", Smith said. Though Brown was upset and fought against the changes to her district, she ended up winning reelection during her next campaign anyway.

Brown was convicted on several charges, including conspiracy, mail fraud, and filing multiple false tax returns.

Throughout the three week trial, the prosecution called 41 witnesses, including Federal Bureau of Investigation and IRS agents, former donors, community leaders, and former Brown employees, to prove its allegations that Brown had a "significant entitlement attitude", and lived a lavish lifestyle using money stolen from One Door donors, who believed she was helping children with education. She lost re-election after she was indicted last summer. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family". "I believe Jacksonville is a better place, because of her three decades of public service". Her daughter, Shantrel Brown, and her longtime pastor, Rudolph McKissack, accompanied her. She later left the courthouse holding onto the arm of a companion, surrounded by dozens of reporters.

"Former Congresswoman Brown took an oath year after year to serve others, but instead she exploited the needs of children and deceived her constituents to advance her own personal and political agendas", said FBI Jacksonville Division Special Agent in Charge Charles Spencer in a prepared statement.

But ahead of the 2016 elections, her district was redrawn under a voter-approved ban on gerrymandering. Al Lawson of Tallahassee in the Democratic primary.

Simmons pleaded guilty to fraud back in February. "Let's remember, no one's life is a snapshot". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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