Lawyers ask judge to acquit ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown


Lawyers ask judge to acquit ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

Hours after requesting a new trial, attorneys for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown asked a judge Thursday night to rule she wasn’t guilty of the 18 charges jurors convicted her of last month.

The request is routine — defense attorney James W. Smith III asked for the same thing during the trial — but it’s a way for attorneys to make the strongest arguments possible for use in appeals.

The motion argues Brown, who was convicted of fraud and tax crimes, was blamed by prosecutors for crimes carried out by her former chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, and his ex-girlfriend, …

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