For Second Time, Brown Requests Sentencing Delay; Medical Condition Not Fully Evaluated, Filing Contends

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For Second Time, Brown Requests Sentencing Delay; Medical Condition Not Fully Evaluated, Filing Contends


Monroe, Nate, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Nate Monroe

Facing a potentially lengthy prison term on a raft of fraud and conspiracy convictions, ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is again asking a federal judge to delay the sentencing hearing set for this month and move it to February.

Brown's attorney filed court papers Tuesday arguing that the presentencing report failed to fully evaluate Brown's medical condition and did not fully capture the scope of her charitable works in the community, two factors she hopes will cut down any potential prison time. Her filing indicates that the sentencing report - which is not public - "recommends a significant and lengthy prison time." It does not specify how much time the report recommended.

This is the second time in two weeks Brown asked to delay her Nov. 16 sentencing hearing. Brown's birthday is days before the hearing, so she will be 71 when she walks into the courtroom.

"Although, the report makes reference to certain medical diagnoses, the defendant is still undergoing testing and evaluation by physicians at a local facility mentioned therein, for which additional suspected medical conditions have not yet been fully diagnosed," James Smith, Brown's lawyer, said in the court filing.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan has ordered federal prosecutors to respond to the motion by Wednesday. Smith's filing indicates the government opposes the delay.

Corrigan is not bound by the presentencing report and will have the discretion to consider other factors when he determines how to punish Brown.

Brown's previous - and unsuccessful - plea for a delay blamed Hurricane Irma for displacing her from her home on the Trout River and impeding her ability to prepare. …

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