Two weeks after indicted City Councilmembers Katrina and Reggie Brown first appeared in federal court, they returned for a second time, still without attorneys in place.
Neither defendant has officially hired an attorney to represent them in their fraud cases, a fact that is likely to delay matters by at least a week.
At Thursday's hearing, Reggie Brown declared himself indigent, and requested a court-appointed lawyer.
Reggie Brown, who along with his co-defendant was suspended without pay by Gov. Rick Scott, claimed his only income is a $500 monthly check from the Army Reserve. His assets include his home and three vehicles.
The judge agreed to appoint an attorney for him on Monday, and told him to report back to court on Thursday, June 21.
Katrina Brown was granted an additional week to finalize her legal representation. Brown's attorney Curtis Falgatter had asked the judge for two weeks, claiming the family is dealing with medical issues. But prosecutors objected to that delay.
"I know it's important to Mrs. Brown," said prosecutor Tysen Duva, "but my concern is that in two weeks, nothing is going to happen and we're going to be back in the same situation."
The judge split the difference, and gave Katrina Brown one week to have her lawyer in place. She is also due back in federal court Thursday, June 21. Both hearings are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
A tentative trial date is set for Aug. 6.