Two weeks before she’s scheduled to report to prison, former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown spoke Monday at a Clay County event commemorating the work of Martin Luther King Jr.
“There really is a lot of work left to be done,” the 12-term congresswoman told about 100 people at MLK Day-N-Clay, a yearly breakfast attended by politicians and civic figures commemorating the assassinated civil rights icon.
Brown appeared near the end of the event, when African-Americans who had run for office in the county were recognized and her name was called.
A small crowd of current or former candidates eventually gathered, including three people who had run against Brown as well as Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels. Daniels’ office later scheduled a press conference to comment on the event.
Brown, who was convicted of fraud and tax charges in May, is to report to prison Jan. 29 to begin a 5-year sentence. She is challenging her conviction and is trying to convince an appeals court to let her remain free while that plays out.
Brown declined to talk to a reporter after the breakfast at Shiloh Church on Blanding Boulevard.
Brown spoke briefly before introducing an attorney, Charles Truncale, who said he was “contemplating” taking some unspecified action involving Brown’s appeal of her case, which includes an effort to overturn her conviction on the grounds that a juror was wrongly removed because of religious statements he made. Truncale said he is not representing Brown.