After former Northeast Florida Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown asks a judge to delay her sentencing hearing because of loss she suffered during Hurricane Irma, the US Attorney’s Office has objected to the request.
In the government’s response, prosecutors say Brown’s motion for a continuance was “bare bones” and didn’t explain how losing “personal papers and effects” in Irma impact her ability to prepare for sentencing. The government further says Brown should be treated the same as any other defendant who was affected by Irma, and that they’re not aware of any other pending criminal cases in this division that have had a delay, this far out from the storm. The sentencing was set in August, when Brown was denied motions for an acquittal and for a new trial.
Brown has met with her Probation Officer since the hurricane to provide information for a Pre-Sentence Report, according to the government. Prosecutors say completing the meeting shows Brown is, in fact, capable of preparing for her sentencing hearing.
Brown’s motion for a continuance says she lost “personal papers and effects” because of Irma, and that FEMA recently told her her home was uninhabitable. This response from the government says Brown’s defense still maintains access to all available court records through the court’s online system.
Brown has remained out on bond, pending her sentencing hearing. Simmons and Wiley both pleaded guilty and testified against Brown during her trial. They have remained out on bond as well, pending their sentencings.