Bill's Daily News: Politics and the Courts!

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Corrine Brown Corruption Trial 

(Jacksonville, FL) -- Jury deliberation is underway in the Corrine Brown corruption trial. Prosecution and defense attorneys presented their closing arguments yesterday at the Jacksonville federal courthouse in the case against the 24-year congresswoman. Jurors gathered yesterday for nearly four-hours to determine if Corrine Brown colluded to keep a slush fund during her time in office. The jury reconvenes this morning at 9:00. Brown faces a 350-year prison sentence if she's convicted on nearly two-dozen fraud and criminal conspiracy charges.

Aramis Ayala Rebuts Rick Scott

(Tallahassee, FL) -- Central Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala is accusing Governor Rick Scott of being inconsistent in removing prosecutors from certain cases. Attorneys for the Orange County and Osceola County official filed a brief in the Florida Supreme Court yesterday. The Monday filing said the governor and Attorney General Pam Bondi have previously refused requests from citizens to remove prosecutors, citing prosecutorial discretion. She said that she is in no way ignoring her duties as state attorney by declining to seek the death penalty in capital cases. Ayala filed lawsuits both in state and federal courts last month accusing Governor Scott of executive overreach after he removed 23 cases from her purview.


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