Ms. Brown and her legal team are doing everything they can think of to delay her sentencing which is schedule for November 16th. We have a list of current reasons (that she has filed) on why she needs a 4 month delay in her sentencing.
We shorten the list to just the meat of the stories. (Your welcome)
(On Oct. 24th,)
Hurricane damage to Corrine Brown’s Jacksonville home has prompted her attorneys to ask for a delay in the former congresswoman’s sentencing hearing on federal fraud charges.
The hearing is currently set for Nov. 16, but her attorneys filed a motion Tuesday, asking to push that date back.
The attorneys also said there were items and papers they planned to use during the sentencing, such as awards and letters Brown had received, that were destroyed by flooding from the storm.
The motion asks for at least a four-month delay.
(On Oct. 25th,)
Prosecutors responded Wednesday saying they aren’t aware of any other criminal case pending in Jacksonville’s federal court where a hearing scheduled nine weeks after Irma has been delayed — “much less for four months” — because of the storm.
They point to the fact that six weeks after Irma is when she’s asking to postpone sentencing, in a “bare bones” motion filed two days before she’s required to submit objections to the initial pre-sentence report (PSR).
Part of the PSR process involved Brown and Smith meeting with the probation officer who compiles the report to provide detailed background information. That happened after Irma, which “suggests that Brown is capable of preparing for her sentencing hearing as scheduled,” prosecutors argued.
They want the motion to be denied and sentencing to move forward as scheduled.
(On Oct. 26th,)
Judge Timothy Corrigan, who denied Brown’s request for a delay in the sentencing hearing, can accept that recommendation or could give Brown more or less time in prison. The maximum she could receive is more than 300 years.
The recommendation is part of a pre-sentence investigation report, compiled by a probation officer, who helps the court determine an appropriate sentence after spending four months reviewing documents, interviewing parties and weighing the evidence presented at trial.
Brown, who maintains her innocence, was among those interviewed for the report.
What helped Brown in the recommendation is her lack of criminal history, but what hurt her is that not only is she an elected official, but she hasn’t accepted any responsibility nor showed any remorse for her crimes, which tends to weigh heavily in federal court, attorneys tell the I-TEAM.
(On Oct. 31st,)
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. The motion once again asks a federal judge to delay the sentencing, currently set for Nov. 16.
In this second motion, Smith states that the presentence report, which was prepared by a federal probation officer and released Oct. 12, recommends a “significant and lengthy prison time,” while Brown is seeking a sentence of probation. Smith states that he has the task of developing mitigating circumstances for sentencing.
The motion then states that the presentence report doesn’t have enough information about Brown’s medical and physical condition, adding that she is still “undergoing testing and evaluation by physicians.” Smith suggests that the findings would be significant with regard to Brown’s sentencing. The motion makes similar arguments with regard to Brown’s mental and emotional condition, and states she is “still undergoing evaluative treatment regarding the implications of certain abnormalities.”
Smith also argues that the presentence report doesn’t contain enough information about Brown’s history of charitable service and history of good works prior to her indictment in connection with One Door for Education. The motion argues that numerous documents related to that history were destroyed at Brown’s home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and that more time is needed to reconstruct those documents, or to recreate the documentation through interviews.
The motion also addresses the condition of Brown’s home itself, which was “extensively damaged during Hurricane Irma.” It states she has not been able to live in her home, has been trying to repair the home and needs more time to finish that process.
(On Nov. 3rd)
A federal judge denied former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s second request to delay her sentencing Friday, saying all the concerns she raised were solvable.
“While Ms. Brown’s latest motion raises additional issues that she contends warrant a continuance, they are all matters that can be readily addressed at the sentencing hearing,” U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan wrote.
The ruling means Brown’s sentencing hearing for her 18 felony convictions remains scheduled for Nov. 16.
In seeking the delay, Brown’s attorney said this week that a pre-sentencing report – which isn’t publicly available – recommended “significant and lengthy prison time,” and that Brown needed time to make her case for probation instead.