The attorney for former Congresswoman Corrine Brown (FL-D) announced three members of Congress as potential defense witnesses for Brown’s upcoming corruption trial. They are all democrats.Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-D), Bennie Thompson (MS-D) and Marcia Fudge (OH-D) were all named on the witness list filed Friday with Jacksonville’s federal court. They are expected to be asked about Brown’s involvement with causes she addressed in Congress.
In addition to the three members of Congress, Jessie Jackson, University of North Florida president John Delaney and civil rights activist Martin Luther King III are also on Brown’s witness list of 33 people.
Brown is being accused of using the money raised for One Door for Education to pay for personal items instead of scholarships. Prosecutors said the charity collected $800,000 but only $1,200 was used for scholarships.
Brown’s former chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, plead guilty to fraud, conspiracy charges along with the president of the foundation, Carla Wiley. Both are expected to testify against Brown.
Brown served 12 years in Congress before she lost her reelection in 2016 after being indicted.Opening arguments for Brown’s fraud trial are scheduled for April 26.