Congresswoman Brown trial moved to April

Anne Schindler is on your side. 10/25/2016

The trial of Congresswoman Corrine Brown will be delayed, but not as much as her attorney had hoped.

Federal Judge Michael Corrigan set April 25 as the trial's start date -- a timeline he says should be more than enough time for attorneys for Brown and her codefendant Ronnie Simmons to prepare for trial. But he declined their request push the trial date to June.

The judge acknowledged the case involved a lot of paperwork, "voluminous" discovery and possibly several dozen witnesses, but that it wasn't outside the scope of an ordinary trial. Federal trials typically move quickly, and are often complex. The new timetable allows 9 months from the time the indictment was filed.

Brown's attorney James Smith said after court that he accepted the decision and his client looked forward to her day in court.

"What I know personally hurts her is these charges," Smith said. "This goes to the core. The type of person she's been all her life - particularly her time as a public servant ... The idea that she would ever lie about charitable works really hurts her to her core." 

All parties estimate it will take two days to pick a jury. The trial itself is expected to last 3 to 4 weeks.

(© 2016 WTLV)


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