Prosecutors respond to two motions in Corrine Brown legal battle

Hours before, prosecutors oppose Brown be acquitted of the charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Federal prosecutors have responded to two motions Thursday in the legal case against former Congresswoman Corrine Brown: One to oppose Brown's request to have the 18 counts she was convicted of thrown out and another to deny a request for a new trial.

Brown's motion for acquittal argues that the testimonies of Ronnie Simmons, her former chief of staff, and Carla Wiley, the president of bogus charity One Door For Education, did not fault Brown for any wrongdoing. Only Wiley and Simmons admitted guilt.

Also in the motion for acquittal is the defense's claim that there was no criminal intent in Brown's actions and therefore, she can't be found guilty of any criminal crimes. 

Brown was convicted of 18 of 22 counts of federal fraud and corruption.

READ MORE: Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's legal team files motion for new trial, acquittal

In their response to her acquittal request, prosecutors said, "The defendant’s motion overlooks (and outright ignores) the extensive proof that the defendant intentionally participated in a three-year scheme to syphon cash from the coffers of the bogus charity One Door for Education. The defendant fails to acknowledge that her subordinate and co-conspirator, Ronnie Simmons, testified that she directed him to give her cash that she raised for One Door for Education. The defendant also ignores compelling evidence that she knowingly and intentionally lied on her required financial disclosure forms and Form 1040 tax returns in an effort to conceal her systemic fraud."

Click here to read the response to a motion regarding Brown's acquittal.

Thursday night, prosecutors also responded to a motion regarding Brown's request for a new trial.

Court documents highlight that during Brown's trial, Juror No. 13 was dismissed and replaced during the deliberation process. The juror made comments about "the Holy Spirit" telling him that Brown was not guilty. As a result, the judge dismissed him from the case stating that "the Holy Spirit" was an "external force."

Brown's attorneys, however, argue that Juror No. 13's comments were made on his own accord and wasn't influenced by an "external force."

Prosecutors argue that "the Court's decision to excuse Juror No. 13 is consistent with other cases in which jurors were removed during deliberations because of their religious convictions were incompatible with their duty to follow the law," the motion reads.

Click here to read the response to a motion regarding a new trial.

A date for sentencing has not yet been set. Brown is currently out of prison waiting for the results of her appeal.

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