Jacksonville, Florida (AP) – Court documents show that former U.S. MP Corinne Brown, whose original conviction in a charity fraud case was overturned by an appeals court, pleads guilty before a second trial.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan ordered a change of guilty plea hearing Wednesday morning for Brown, a once-powerful Democrat from Florida who had previously pleaded not guilty to 18 charges, including mail and mail fraud. The second trial was due to begin in September.
Brown’s original sentence in 2017 was overturned by an appeals court because Corrigan wrongly dismissed a juror who said the “Holy Spirit” told him she was innocent. Prior to the fraud case, Brown had represented the Jacksonville area in Congress for about 25 years.