Corrine Brown Defense Blames Chief of Staff
Former Rep. Corrine Brown’s corruption trial opened on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida, with Brown’s defense placing the blame on her former chief of staff.
The Florida Democrat is charged with 22 counts in a 24-count indictment that includes using her reputation to solicit donations to a charity that she and her former chief of staff used as a slush fund, according to First Coast News.
James Smith III, Brown’s defense lawyer, tried to pin the blame on Ronnie Simmons, her former chief of staff, who pled guilty and agreed to testify against her.
Smith argued that Simmons and …