Answers to your questions from the Corrine Brown case

By Lynnsey Gardner - Investigative reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Many viewers have been asking questions the Corrine Brown trial, verdict and what's next in the case in our story comments and social media pages.

We took many of those questions to our team of legal experts to get the answers:

1)  If Corrine Brown was found guilty, why didn't she go to jail right away? 

So the deep dive answer is the federal Bail Reform Act from 1884. it allows a convicted criminal to be free ahead of sentencing if there is clear and convincing evidence they aren't a flight risk and they are not a danger to the community. in our area.

it's up to each judge, but we're told that convicted white-collar criminals like Brown are typically allowed a pass until their formal sentencing. So don't look for Brown to go to prison soon.

Her attorney, James Smith, will ask for a new trial and/or file an appeal. So when she's sentenced in a few months, Smith can also ask that she be free on bond pending appeal, so she may not go to prison for 18 months or more, if at all.

2) Why wasn't there a booking photo of Corrine Brown?

There was a photo taken when she was indicted and arrested last by U.S marshals last July, but we will probably never see it. Typically, mug shots of federal prisoners are not released.

2)  What happens to Brown's Congressional pension?

She will lose her pension earned during 24 years in Congress unless her conviction is overturned. It's expected she would receive a six-figure annual pension, which would add up to far more than what she was bringing in through the money she and her associates were diverting from the One Door for Education bogus charity.

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3)  What will happen to the other people mentioned during the trial that the government said were also involved?  Will they get in trouble? 

It is possible that people like Corrine Brown's daughter, Shantrel Brown, and City Councilman Reggie Gaffney, who the government said also gave Brown money through his own nonprofit organization, could have been compelled to testify, but were not.

That opens up the possibility of the government prosecuting them. The News4Jax legal experts said that likely won't happen because they were really just focused on the big fish: Corrine Brown.

4)  Will Corrine Brown have to pay back all that money spent on luxuries? 

While Brown and two co-conspirators, her former chief of staff Ronnie Simmons and One Door founder Carla Wiley, each face sentencing, legal sources tell us they fully expect the government to go after Brown the hardest. Because the government views her as the mastermind, it's likely they will ask her for all the money she raised for One Door for Education -- $833,000 -- since the government said only $1,200 of it was ever used to benefit needy students.

If you have more questions, leave them in the comment fields below and the News4Jax team will try to get the answers.

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