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Judge To Delay Sentencing Decision In Corrine Brown Case

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown
Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

Former congresswoman Corrine Brown won't learn her fate in her federal corruption case until Dec. 4.

Judge Timothy Corrigan said that Brown's hearing will take place as scheduled Thursday, but he will not announce his sentence for several weeks.

Corrigan also set time limits on Brown's character witnesses. Three of them can speak for five minutes; everyone else is afforded two minutes.

Corrigan said he wants to take the matter of the trio's sentencing decisions under advisement and will release the decisions on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. The two others facing sentencing are Carla Wiley, the founder of the charity Brown was convicted of using for personal gain, and Ronnie Simmons, who served as Brown's chief of staff.

Brown, 71, was found guilty of 18 counts of federal mail, wire and tax fraud for soliciting donations for a fake charity, using that charity as a “slush fund” for herself and her associates, and lying on her taxes and congressional disclosure forms.

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