Judge decides Corrine Brown will have duty counsel
JACKSONVILLE, Florida –Former United States Representative Corrine Brown was back in federal court on Wednesday when it was decided she would have a court-appointed lawyer in the case.
Brown, whose conviction for fraud and tax charges was overturned earlier this year, is still on trial next year.
News4Jax got a chance to speak with Brown as she arrived at the courthouse. She didn’t say much about the case, but told her supporters to “keep praying for me.” She also said, “God is on my side.
In the courtroom, Brown said nothing. The hearing focused on the status of its legal representation.
Lawyer William Kent has represented Brown on her appeal and has represented her since the conviction was overturned, but will not represent her at trial.
He told the court that Brown had interviewed four possible replacements, but money is a factor.
Brown has paid approximately $ 42,000 in restitution and penalties to court and some victims since his 2017 conviction for fraud and tax charges.
Since her conviction was overturned, she and her lawyers have argued that she should get this money back – which could help pay for legal representation.
But this is still pending and may take some time to resolve. This is why the judge decided to appoint a lawyer at the expense of the taxpayers. The judge, his attorneys and court staff reviewed Brown’s financial situation in private. We know she still receives her pension from Congress. After the closed portion of the hearing, the judge said he believed she was qualified for a court-appointed lawyer.
The new date for Brown’s trial is still set for February. There could be hearings in advance, because the judge could get an update.
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