Federal appeals court affirms Corrine Brown’s fraud convictions

Link to the Opinion of the Court in United States v Corrine Brown.

By a two to one margin, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld Corrine Brown’s conviction on 18 counts related to a fraudulent charity.

United States Circuit Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum wrote the Opinion of the Court, joined by Senior United States District Judge Anne C. Conway of the Middle District of Florida, who was sitting with the 11th Circuit by designation. Judge Conway also wrote a short, separate concurrence. United States Circuit Judge William H. Pryor Jr. dissented.

Pryor’s dissent is eye-raising to say the least, given that he is perhaps one of the most conservative Judges in the federal judiciary. However, he took a very strong stand in favor of not lightly meddling in jury memberships, which ironically would have freed a very liberal Democrat had his view prevailed.

As an aside, due to the First Step Act, Brown has had slightly over a month shaved off her sentence. She was originally set to be released on June 6, 2022. Her release date is now May 2, 2022.

The judge wound up questioning Juror 13 about the matter, and the juror said the Holy Spirit told him that Brown was not guilty on all charges. The judge dismissed Juror 13, ruling that he was not basing his verdict solely on the testimony and evidence presented in court – rather, he said he was receiving information from a higher authority. The deliberations then restarted with an alternate juror replacing Juror 13, and Brown was convicted.

Sounds like a false prophet got the boot and l’il Miss Brown is going down?

I love stories with happy endings. :sunglasses: