Judge Denies Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s Request To Delay Fraud Trial

Judge denies former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s request to delay fraud trial

A plea deal by former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s longtime aide has thrown her defense against federal fraud charges into chaos but hasn’t changed her insistence she’s innocent, her lawyer told a judge Thursday.

“For seven months now, the fundamental premise of Ms. Brown’s defense was that she and Mr. Simmons are not guilty,” attorney James W. Smith III said during a hearing a day after Brown’s longtime chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and implicated his former boss.

Simmons’ plea change led Smith to …

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