Corrine Brown Gets Hearing Over ‘Holy Spirit’ Appeal
Seeks to overturn fraud conviction over bogus charity
Former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown will be in court Monday for a hearing about attempts to overturn her being found guilty on fraud charges.
Brown was found guilty on charges of fraudulently using money from a bogus charity for personal reasons in May.
But Brown’s attorneys are seeking a new trial after U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan removed a juror during deliberations, the Florida Times-Union.
The juror was removed after saying “the Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty.
At the time, Brown’s attorney said in a motion there was a “substantial possibility” that the “the Holy Spirit” was the juror’s “mind or spirit telling him that one or more witness had not testified truthfully.”
On a website set up to raise money for her legal expenses, Brown urged supporters to fill the courtroom.
“While we were disappointed by the outcome, I want to emphasize that this is far from over! The jury’s verdict is NOT final! I will continue to fight,” she said on the website.
Brown lost the Democratic primary last August to now-Rep. Al Lawson in a redrawn district.