It would be no surprise if you haven’t heard of Rep. Corrine Brown.
In fact, the mainstream media has pretty much ignored her scandal entirely.
Basically, Brown – Democratic representative for Florida’s 5th congressional district – and her Chief of Staff Elias “Ronnie” Simmons were indicted for being involved in a fake charity “One Door for Education.”
The charity was supposed to grant scholarships to poor students, but as it turns out, it only gave out two very small scholarships. Brown and Simmons ended up pocketing the rest of the money.
Brown allegedly spent the money on “lavish receptions” (some of which were in honor of herself), concert tickets and even an NFL game.
Brown ended up pleading not guilty.
Her trial is right around the corner, but she is experiencing some problems. For instance, two of her attorneys asked a judge to allow them to withdraw because the “relationship between the undersigned and Corrine Brown has quickly deteriorated.”
A motion filed by David Haas, also on behalf of Mark NeJame, says they’ve hit almost immediate road blocks in planning their case.
“The relationship between the undersigned and Corrine Brown has quickly deteriorated to the point of having irreconcilable differences. The nature of these communications are confidential, but suffice to say, irreconcilable differences exist and the relationship is strained where effective representation is compromised,” the motion says.
The motion further says that there is a difference of opinion on case management, how to properly prepare, and Brown’s availability.
They added that this “created an atmosphere of hostility and distrust not conducive to further representation.”
We don't know who new lawyer will be. It will be 4th firm on case.
— Clark Fouraker (@clarkfouraker) August 18, 2016
Speaking after the hearing, where the judge granted the motion to withdraw, NeJame says he’s known Brown for a decade and, while sometimes it works to represent friends, sometimes it does not.
“It’s simply a break-up,” NeJame said, adding that sometimes it’s best to “be friends”, but not “be married”.
Asked about the mild response in the face of the harsh words in the motion, NeJame says they talked it out.
“We did get in to words, but no different than you get in to words with your friends or your family,” he says.
Brown offered little comment both during the hearing and after, while standing next to NeJame. She did say it’s not easy to represent a “lawyer wannabe” like herself.
Brown isn’t too worried about it. She doesn’t have to prove anything.
“I don’t have to prove my innocence to the court or to the news media,” Brown told a group of reporters.
She even compared the press to a lynch mob, asking them how they would feel if she accused them of being pedophiles.
The court case is the only thing you reporters want to ask me about.
Once and for all: I AM INNOCENT.
Let me ask you folks a question: What if I accused you guys of being pedophiles?
I bet that didn’t feel too good, did it?
Well that’s how I feel, especially because I’m innocent.
Despite this, you guys come at me like a lynch mob demanding that I prove my innocence in a 20-second sound bite.
Maybe you were goofing off in your middle-school civics class but in the United States of America accused people are innocent unless proven otherwise.
An indictment is an accusation. It is NOT a conviction.
You worship the Constitution’s First Amendment so maybe you never got to the Fifth Amendment that says it’s the prosecution’s job to prove guilt.
I don’t have to prove my innocence to the court or to the news media.”
The facts are against Brown, especially when her charity gave out two scholarships and the rest of the funds were placed into private bank accounts.
No one even wants to represent her.
No one feels sorry for Brown and frankly no one should.