Corrine Brown Found Guilty In Corruption Trial
(Jacksonville, FL) -- Former Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown has been convicted of fraud in her federal corruption trial. Brown was found guilty yesterday on 18 of 22 conspiracy and fraud charges. The 70-year-old Brown was elected in 1992 and spent 24 years in office. She faces a prison term of more than 300-years at sentencing for keeping a slush fund while in office.
Brown is taking the conviction much as you might expect as she is maintaining her innocence and released a statement yesterday after the verdict that read, in part, "While I respect the jury's decision, I disagree with it. 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."
Acting US Attorney for Florida's Middle District W. Stephen Muldrow said, "These guilty verdicts underscore our Office's resolve in holding public officials at all levels of government accountable for their actions." This is the guy Murder on the Space Coast should be contacting!
14-Arrested in Violent Crime Crackdown
(Miami, FL) -- Fourteen suspects accused of being members of a Miami-based crime ring are in jail. Police say the ring has been involved in murders, drug dealing, armed robberies and other crimes going back 17-years. Charges include racketeering, drug distribution, robbery and the use of firearms in violent crimes. The suspects are accused of using social media to recruit juvenile participants.