Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's daughter filed a motion in court Wednesday to quash the trial subpoena and invoke her Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination at her mother's trial beginning next week.
The court documents say Shantrel Brown, Corrine's daughter, is a non-party witness who was on the federal prosecution's list of people to call to the stand. Documents filed say that if she's called to testify she'll invoke her Fifth Amendment right and remain silent in response to any government questions.
Her mother is charged in a 22-count indictment alleging fraud and accusing her of using a charity ostensibly for college scholarships as her own personal slush fund. She's accused of taking $800,000 from the charity along with her former chief of staff Ronnie Simmons.
Simmons changed his plea to guilty and will testify against his former boss at trial.
Shantrel Brown is invoking her right to give testimony that may expose her to a criminal charge.
For more on the lead up to Corrine Brown's trial, head to these links:
Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown's longtime chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two conspiracy and corruption felonies, and implicated her in his crimes.
Defendants don't normally serve frozen treats from an ice cream truck just hours before a pre-trial hearing in downtown Jacksonville.
However, former Jacksonville-area Congresswoman Corrine Brown is no ordinary defendant.
Some high-profile people could be taking the stand in the government’s case against former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.
Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown spent a few hours passing out free ice cream in Hemming Park before heading over to Federal Court Wednesday afternoon. It was likely the final pretrial hearing in the high profile corruption case against Brown, set to begin in April 26.