Posted: 3:12 pm Thursday, February 9th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
A legal defense website set up to help ex-Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) defend herself against federal corruption charges has suddenly been scrubbed of its contents, as a federal judge on Thursday refused to delay an April trial date, one day after her former Chief of Staff accepted a plea bargain with prosecutors and agreed to cooperate with their corruption investigation.
As of Monday afternoon this week, Brown’s website was still fully operational, giving people the chance to donate money to her defense fund, watch video of a local news story about her fundraising efforts, and featuring an audio link to a radio interview she had done where she denied any wrongdoing.
But now the web pages have been wiped clean.
This is what it looked like on Monday, where you could buy items expressing your support:
This is all you get today, just a blank page with one line: “Corrine Brown Legal Expense Trust.”
Part of the website had been selling “#AcquitCorrine” items – but now there are no t-shirts or mugs on display; the “Legal Updates” link is gone, and there is no link any longer to contribute to her legal defense costs.
Have you visited the site for my legal defense fund? https://t.co/l7cEzUAoY0
— Corrine 2016 (@corrine_2016) September 16, 2016
Brown’s lawyers asked for a delay in the start of her corruption trial, but that was rejected by a federal judge.
JUST IN:Judge denies 60 day continuance for Corrine Brown. April trial date remains unchanged. @ActionNewsJax
— Paige Kelton (@PaigeANjax) February 9, 2017
Lawyers for the former member of Congress say they might call as many as ten to fifteen members of Congress as witnesses in the case.
The former Florida Democratic lawmaker faces federal conspiracy and fraud charges, as prosecutors say she used a charity called One Door Education to wrongly solicit thousands of dollars in donations, and then diverted some of it for her own personal use.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.