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A divided federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown on fraud and tax charges, ruling that a juror was improperly removed from her trial because he said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty.

Corrine Brown walks into the United States Courthouse in Downtown Jacksonville in this 2020 file photo.
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A federal appeals court appeared divided Tuesday as it heard arguments about whether to overturn the conviction of former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown, who contends that a juror was improperly removed from her 2017 trial because he said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty of fraud and tax charges.

5 Florida Legal Fights To Watch In 2021

Jan 4, 2021
Corrine Brown walks into the United States Courthouse in Downtown Jacksonville in Oct. 2020.
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From a water battle to a convicted former Jacksonville congresswoman's appeal, courts are grappling with numerous major Florida legal issues.

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Federal prosecutors have asked an appeals court to uphold the conviction of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown on fraud and tax charges, pushing back against arguments that a juror was improperly replaced after he said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty.

Corrine Brown walks into the United States Courthouse in Downtown Jacksonville on Oct. 6, 2020.
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Saying judges should use “utmost caution” when disqualifying jurors based on religious beliefs, attorneys for former Jacksonville area Congresswoman Corrine Brown urged a federal appeals court Monday to order a new trial in her challenge to a conviction on fraud and tax charges.

Federal Judge Eases Corrine Brown's Release Restrictions Pending Appeal

Oct 6, 2020
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A federal judge granted a motion Tuesday to allow disgraced former congresswoman Corrine Brown to return to the same restrictions on her movements as before she was convicted of 18 charges of fraud and tax evasion in 2016 and sentenced to five years in prison.

Ex-Congresswoman Corrine Brown Continues Fighting Conviction

Feb 3, 2020
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Continuing to fight her conviction on fraud and tax charges, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is asking a full federal appeals court to decide whether a juror was improperly dismissed from her trial because he said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty.

Ex-Jacksonville Rep. Corrine Brown Cites Kavanaugh In Appeal

Apr 5, 2019
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An attorney for former Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown is citing an opinion by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in trying to get her conviction overturned on felony charges in a charity scam.

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A federal appeals court has rescheduled a hearing in a challenge filed by former Jacksonville  Congresswoman Corrine Brown after she was convicted in a charity scam.

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Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s attempt to get out of federal prison hinges on an ex-juror who said the “Holy Spirit” told him Brown was not guilty of charges related to a charity scam.

Corrine Brown To Begin 5-year Prison Sentence Monday

Jan 29, 2018
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Corrine Brown is under court order to begin a five-year federal sentence at a women's work camp in Central Florida on Monday.

Court: Corrine Brown Must Appeal Convictions From Prison

Jan 22, 2018
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A federal appeals court ruled Monday that former congresswoman Corrine Brown must appeal her convictions from prison.

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The Gainesville City Commission is deciding what to do about a building named for former Northeast Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

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Friday on First Coast Connect we held our annual Year in Review Media Roundtable with Florida Times-Union Reporter Andrew Pantazi, Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics (01:01).    

We learned the identity of the popular Twitter account @SanMarcoTrain as we spoke with the “train” himself, Jack DeYoung, the Digital Director at Nuera Marketing (46:00).


Judge Denies Corrine Brown's Request To Stay Out Of Prison During Appeal Process

Dec 20, 2017
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Corrine Brown will have to appeal her conviction and sentence from behind bars, a judge ruled.

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Upwards of 200 people wrote letters on behalf and against former Congresswoman Corrine Brown prior to her sentencing in a fraud trial earlier this month.

Corrine Brown Asks To Stay Out Of Prison While Appeal Is Completed

Dec 12, 2017
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Corrine Brown wants to remain a free woman as she awaits the outcome of her appeal after she was convicted in a federal corruption case and sentenced to five years in prison.

Friday on First Coast Connect we held our weekly Media Roundtable with panelist Ben Conarck from The Florida Times-Union, blogger and contributor Fred Matthews and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (01:06).

We heard about the actions of local charity Bright Holidays with its president Mike Shreve (38:34).  

Five Points business owners joined the show to talk about Saturday’s Christmas on Lomax party (44:45).

Phase Eight Theatre members Evie Day and Corey Driscoll joined us to talk about next week’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in WJCT’s studio (49:04).


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Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown is hoping an appellate court overturns her fraud convictions after her sentencing Monday.

But one former Department of Justice prosecutor thinks the only thing certain about her chances is uncertainty.


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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Former Chairman of the Council of American-Islamic Relations Parvez Ahmad about the arrest of an Arlington man who was plotting a mass shooting at the Islamic Center of North East Florida (00:59).

We heard reaction to the five-year federal prison sentence for former Congresswoman Corrine Brown with Florida Times-Union reporter Nate Monroe and WJCT’s Ryan Benk (05:47).

We talked about a new coalition to bring a Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida facility to Arlington near Jacksonville University with JU President Tim Cost and Boys & Girls Club President Paul Martinez (17:38).

Our latest segment of Moveable Feast featured the 50th anniversary of the Alhambra Dinner Theatre (24:10).  

Kathleen Schofield from Jacksonville’s STEM2 Hub talked this week marking Computer Science Education Week in America (33:38).

Nineteen year old Jacksonville University student Skyler Nolan gave us a preview of the upcoming Jazzy Noel concert at Unity Church Jacksonville (46:00). 


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“As I have written before, when I am asked what’s the most important attribute of a good judge, I say ‘humility.’ This is especially true in sentencing,” Federal Judge Timothy Corrigan wrote in his sentencing order of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown to five years in prison on Monday.


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Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown will spend five years in federal prison for her role in a corruption conspiracy that involved stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a fake education charity for needy children.

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Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT’s Ryan Benk (01:10).

We heard about the upcoming Tour de Farm event with Slow Food First Coast Chapter Leader Kurt D’Aurizio and Farm Tour Coordinator Kyle McBride (38:52).

St. Augustine-based folk/rock band Wingfield performed live in-studio (46:00). 


Tearful Corrine Brown Asks Court For Mercy, Compassion

Nov 16, 2017
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A tearful Corrine Brown made her plea to the court Thursday afternoon, asking the judge to consider all she has done in her life and to show “mercy and compassion.”

Supporters Pray With Corrine Brown Before Her Sentencing Hearing; Defense Witness Backs Out

Nov 16, 2017
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Not long after word broke that a key witness scheduled to testify in Corrine Brown's sentencing hearing Thursday had backed out, the embattled former congresswoman arrived at the federal courthouse and gathered with supporters for a brief prayer circle before heading in to debate her fate.

Corrine Brown Co-conspirators Argue For Light Sentences at Hearing

Nov 15, 2017
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Corrine Brown's former chief of staff and the founder of a bogus charity used as a personal piggy bank by Brown and her associates are making their case in federal court Wednesday for what punishment they should receive for their involvement in the scheme.

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Former congresswoman Corrine Brown won't learn her fate in her federal corruption case until Dec. 4.

Wiley Hopes To Avoid Prison After Testifying Against Corrine Brown

Nov 9, 2017
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The founder of a bogus charity that former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown was convicted of using for personal gain is asking a federal judge for leniency at sentencing.

In a memo Wednesday, attorneys for Carla Wiley suggested their client should avoid prison time because she cooperated quickly and fully with federal investigators in the case against Brown, according to our News4Jax partner.

Judge Denies Corrine Brown's Latest Request For Sentencing Delay

Nov 3, 2017
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Judge Timothy Corrigan signed an order Friday morning denying former Congresswoman Corrine Brown's second request to delay her sentencing on a conviction on multiple counts of fraud and other charges.

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Former congresswoman Corrine Brown is being evaluated for certain medical, mental and emotional conditions that could have an impact on her upcoming sentencing on federal fraud charges, according to a new motion filed by her attorney.

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