Hundreds of letters from supporters and detractors alike were released Monday in the federal case against former Congresswoman Corrine Brown.
The letters, submitted for the judge’s consideration prior to sentencing, ranged from pleas for mercy to demands she spend the rest of her life in prison.
The judge agreed to release the letters – which are not typically public – after requests from numerous local news outlets, including First Coast News.
Among those who sent letters were dozens of local faith leaders, several members of Congress, veterans’ groups, and a few local luminaries, including former Mayor Alvin Brown.
There were also poignant appeals from her family members. Daughter Shantrel Brown wrote, “It has been very painful for me to see my mom’s legacy ruined.” She asked the judge to consider “her good works, age, and declining health, and not impose a prison term."
Her 11-year-old goddaughter wrote, “please don’t send my one and only God Mamma Corrine Brown to jail. I promise she would not hurt a fly even if it had a ‘Kick me’ sign plastered right on its head.”
Her mother, Delia Covington, told the judge her daughter was “a good girl… a good child,” who fusses at her when she eats the wrong thing or doesn’t take her medicine.
“Judge, please don’t send my daughter to jail," she wrote. Judge Corrigan said in court that he read every letter before handing down a 5-year prison sentence. Brown has at least until Jan. 8 before she has to report to the Bureau of Prisons. She filed a motion asking the judge to set aside her prison sentence while she appeals her conviction. The judge has not yet ruled on that request.