Prosecutors are challenging former Congresswoman Corrine Brown, saying the 76-page appeal her attorneys filed last week is too long.
They filed a motion opposing Brown's request to exceed the word count in her appeal on Monday. Legally, an appeal can be 13,000 words, but Brown's is about 16,000 words.
Brown was found guilty on 18 counts involving fraud and tax evasion. Her attorneys say Judge Timothy Corrigan erred when he removed Juror No. 13 from a deadlocked panel who claimed that a "higher power" told him Brown was innocent.
However, prosecutors said word counts should only be exceeded "for extraordinary and compelling reasons." Brown's trial "was not especially long or complex. This appeal presents no extraordinary and compelling reasons for additional words," the motion read.