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Corrine Brown Loses Bid to Stay Out of Jail

Two courts reject former congresswoman’s request to delay start of sentence while appeal is pending

Former Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., was denied a request to delay her reporting to prison. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida Rep. Brown lost her bid to stay out of jail while she appeals her conviction on fraud charges. 

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rejected her request to delay the start of her jail time by another month on Monday after federal judge Timothy Corrigan directed the request there, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Brown is expected to report to jail no later than noon on Jan. 29. 

“This court has already fully considered the issue,” Corrigan wrote, adding later, “Ms. Brown is asking the wrong court. She should direct her request to the Eleventh Circuit.”

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Brown was found guilty of fraud last year for using thousands of dollars from a bogus charity for personal expenses, filing false income tax returns and concealing income in financial filings.

She was sentenced to serve five years in prison last month. Corrigan denied Brown’s request to stay out of prison last month as well. 

Since her sentencing, Brown hired appeals lawyer William Mallory Kent.

Kent argued that given circumstances surrounding the case, “it is not inconceivable that this court … well might rescind its previous order.”

Brown previously requested a new trial after a juror was dismissed for saying the Holy Spirit told him not to convict her.

In the past, Brown requested delays in her sentencing after being displaced by Hurricane Irma and over health concerns. 

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