Corrine Brown Appeals Case Gets Underway
Former FL Congresswoman Corrine Brown is one year into her five-year sentence for her role in a corruption conspiracy that involved stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a fake education charity for needy children. On Friday, her attorneys argued in an Atlanta courtroom that the federal judge in Jacksonville was wrong to dismiss a juror who said the Holy Spirit told him Brown was innocent. The 72-year-old former lawmaker did not attend the hearing, which took just over 30 minutes. Only her attorney and prosecutors appeared before a three-judge panel. One judge said the defense seemed to consider the Holy Spirit an outside influence, while the other judge focused his questions on the language of the oath jurors take when they are sworn in. "I think it gets to the core of the problem," Brown's lawyer, Bill Kent, said. "Either we can seek guidance from God and follow the guidance we receive or not. The court requires jurors to swear on oath, to do their duty, 'so help you God.'" It could take several months before a decision is made by the court. Meanwhile Brown remains in prison. Brown’s spiritual advisor, Bishop Kelvin Cobaris, has visited her at the Federal Correctional Institution Coleman minimum-security satellite camp. “I don’t see a woman who is just in prison, like, 'Oh my god, this is the end of my life.' She has taken this experience as something for her, but also using the experience to help other people,” said Cobaris. More here.