Corrine Brown Appeal Set to be Heard in ATL
Former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown's appeal will be heard before judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on December 10th in Atlanta. Her attorneys appealed her conviction on fraud and tax evasion charges, saying in a 76-page document says Judge Timothy Corrigan erred when he removed Juror 13 from a deadlocked panel of jurors. That decision came after another member of the panel, Juror 8, wrote a note saying Juror 13 claimed a "higher power" told him Brown was not guilty. In January, the 71-year-old began serving a five-year sentence at a minimum-security prison camp in Central Florida. Her attorney William Kent also filed a brief this month with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that argues the Supreme Court's ruling in Honeycutt vs. United States applies to Brown's case. In the 8-0 ruling in Honeycutt, the nation's highest court ruled that in conspiracy cases, defendants could not be held jointly and severally liable in a forfeiture order. That means a court must determine how much each defendant is financially responsible for based on his or her role in the conspiracy. Brown and her co-conspirators were each ordered to collectively forfeit $654,292.39. More here.