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Posted: May 11, 2017

Corrine Brown’s defense attorney plans to file motion for new trial

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By Sarah Thompson

Jacksonville, FL —

He describes it as the 1st quarter in a legal football game.  

Just about an hour after former Congresswoman Corrine Brown was found guilty on 18 of 22 charges in her federal fraud trial, her defense attorney, James Smith, was already vowing this would not be the end of the legal fight.  


Speaking outside of the federal courthouse Thursday afternoon, Smith says he will file a motion for a new trial, though he didn't release any specifics of his plan.  

Smith says his client maintains her innocence and that she is 'strong' and will keep fighting.  


On the topic of sentencing, Smith says Brown will not get 'anything remotely close' to 357 years in federal prison. He also says that he hopes any sentences she gets will factor in the 'good' she has done.  

Smith says he's sad about the result, but the sun will rise tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Brown has released a statement of her own, following the 18 convictions:

"While I respect the jury's decision I disagree with it and I want to make it clear that I maintain my innocence. I did not commit these crimes and I intend to file a motion for a new trial. I will continue to stand on my record of decades of faithful service to this community and the nation. I have a long record of charitable service to the community and that will continue even during this process. I want to thank my family and friends for their prayers and support during this difficult time. I ask that you continue to pray for and support me. This fight is not over and as I'm sure you know I will continue to fight to clear my name and restore my reputation."


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