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A second emergency hearing has been called in Corrine Brown's federal corruption trial after a day of dramatic turns Wednesday.

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An alternate is being seated in the Corrine Brown federal corruption trial after a juror raised questions about comments made by another juror.

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After hearing closing arguments Monday, the jury is deliberating in the fraud trial of former North-Central Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown.


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Prosecutors finished questioning former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Friday, but not before the Jacksonville politician broke down in tears on the witness stand.

  In our weekly Media Roundtable, our panel included WJCT business analyst John Burr and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth (01:21). We also spoke with Master Will (36:07) from the Last Council Saber Academy about Saturday’s Comic Con at the Beaches and Willowbranch libraries, and we spoke with The Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville’s music director and conductor Marguerite Richardson, as well as guest performers Rebecca Shorstein and Monica Pasquini (44:02).  

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Updated 11 a.m.

There was an unexpected recess in former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s federal corruption trial in Jacksonville Friday morning after she broke down and had to be escorted from the witness stand. 


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Updated at 6 p.m.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s chief of staff Ronnie Simmons told prosecutors Wednesday Brown was in control of cash flowing from sham charity One Door for Education.

Brown’s defense is trying to argue Simmons — not Brown — was behind a fraud worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s suspicious financial activity began years before investigators started looking into her connection to sham charity One Door for Education, according to testimony by FBI Forensic Accountant Amy Henderson Tuesday.

She told the court she reviewed thousands of pages of documents from as far back as 2010.

Henderson said she began with financial transactions between Brown, her close associates, One Door for Education and its president Carla Wiley.

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Carla Wiley, the founder and president of One Door for Education, testified under oath Monday that the Virginia charity was originally set up to help herself, but she was asked by former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's chief of staff to work with the congresswoman on fundraisers.

 Friday on our “First Coast Connect" Media Roundtable our panel consisted of blogger Fred Matthews, WJCT business analyst John Burr and The Next Page podcaster Charles Griggs. Writer and director Durden Godfrey, and Third Man Entertainment owner Jared Rush talked about the locally produced film “Never Go Back.” Ryan Ali with the Jacksonville Cultural Council about the PNC Foundation’s “Arts Alive” program and organizers Cody Burton and Tim Kerr told us about the Intersections Festival Saturday in Klutho Park.  


           

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A whopping $330,000 — that’s how much prosecutors said sham charity One Door for Education spent on nine events connected to former Congresswoman Corrine Brown between 2012 and 2015.


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Attorney for former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown says her staff betrayed her in financial transactions that led to fraud charges against her.

  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect, Florida Times-Union reporter talked about what is expected at the trial of former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown for federal mail and wire fraud. Jacksonville field coordinator for the American Association of Retired Persons Justine Conley discussed some concerns seniors have over proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act. Shay Hill and Theresa Bennett Hill from the Downtown Ecumenical Services Council told us about The Great Electric Emergency and we heard from Don’t Miss a Beat artistic director Ulysses Owens Jr. about an album recorded last week in New York City. 


            

Our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein, reporter for the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth, editor of Folio Weekly; Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We spoke with Peggy Bulger, the author of “Stetson Kennedy, Applied Folklore and Cultural Advocacy.” Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with Branden Miller, creator of YouTube sensation “Joanne the Scammer” and we spoke with City Year AmeriCorps recruitment manager Mia Francis and participant Lindsey Rose. 


Corrine Brown's Former Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty To Theft, Wire Fraud

Feb 8, 2017
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Ronnie Simmons, who was chief of staff to former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) and is a co-defendant on federal corruption and conspiracy charges, has changed his plea to guilty on counts one and 18 of the indictment.

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