Corrine Brown

Florida’s Darren Soto Easily Holds Off Alan Grayson Comeback Bid
Grayson was trying to reclaim his old 9th District seat

Florida Rep. Darren Soto easily won his Democratic primary against his predecessor Tuesday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Freshman Democrat Darren Soto, the first Florida congressman of Puerto Rican descent, easily beat back a comeback bid by his predecessor, former Rep. Alan Grayson.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Soto led Grayson 66 percent to 34 percent when The Associated Press called the race.

Corrine Brown Appeals Conviction Citing Juror’s Visit From Holy Spirit
Disgraced former rep serving five-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion

Former Rep. Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years on federal fraud and tax charges. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union/AP file photo)

The similarities between former House members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are few. But disgraced former Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida and Jon Bon Jovi are both livin’ on a prayer.

Brown’s attorney filed a 76-page appeal to her conviction on fraud and tax evasion charges Thursday, saying the judge in the case wrongfully removed a juror who claimed a “higher power” told him Brown was not guilty, First Coast News reported.

Underdog Democrats Seize on Primary Opponents’ Gun History
A handful of challengers embrace gun control as a winning issue

Florida Rep. Al Lawson is facing criticism from a primary challenger over gun control. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With gun rights groups mostly tied to the Republican Party these days, some underdog Democrats have turned to the gun issue to try to gain traction in primaries.

“We believe the race will turn on guns,” a campaign official with Florida Democrat Alvin Brown said in an email Tuesday.

Corrine Brown Reports to Florida Prison
Clergyman who accompanied her describes former Florida congresswoman as ‘very emotional, but yet graceful’

Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick Sr. escorts former Rep. Corrine Brown outside the courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla., after she was found guilty in May on fraud charges. Brown attended McKissick’s church on Sunday, a day before she was to surrender to federal authorities to begin her five-year sentence. (Bruce Lipsky/The Florida Times-Union via AP file photo)

Disgraced former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown began her five-year prison sentence at noon on Monday.

Brown surrendered at the Federal Correctional Institution Coleman’s minimum security prison in Sumterville, Florida, WOKV reported.

Corrine Brown Loses Bid to Stay Out of Jail
Two courts reject former congresswoman’s request to delay start of sentence while appeal is pending

Former Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., was denied a request to delay her reporting to prison. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Florida Rep. Brown lost her bid to stay out of jail while she appeals her conviction on fraud charges. 

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rejected her request to delay the start of her jail time by another month on Monday after federal judge Timothy Corrigan directed the request there, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Judge Denies Corrine Brown’s Bid to Stay Out of Jail During Appeal
Former congresswoman scheduled to begin five-year prison sentence on Jan. 28

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown walks out of court on Dec. 4 after being sentenced to five years on fraud charges. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union via AP file photo)

The judge in former Rep. Corrine Brown’s fraud case ruled the disgraced Florida Democrat has to serve jail time while she appeals her conviction.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan said Wednesday that Brown’s request to remain out of prison failed to meet the necessary criteria, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Corrine Brown Petitions to Stay Out of Prison During Appeal
Former congresswoman sentenced earlier this month to five years on fraud conviction

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown walks out of the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida, last week after being sentenced to five years in prison on fraud and conspiracy charges. (Bob Mack/Florida Times-Union via AP)

Former Florida Rep. Corrine Brown is seeking to stay out of prison while she appeals her convictions on fraud and conspiracy charges.

The disgraced Florida Democrat was sentenced to five years in prison earlier this month and was given until Jan. 8 to surrender to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Former Rep. Corrine Brown Sentenced to Five Years
Florida Democrat convicted in May on fraud and corruption charges

Former Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., was convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges in May. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A federal court sentenced former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in prison Monday for fraud and conspiracy charges, according to WOKV.

Brown was found guilty in May for fraudulently taking thousands of dollars from her bogus charity One Door for Education, concealing income on financial filings and filing false tax returns.

Corrine Brown Asks for Mercy at Sentencing Hearing
Judge calls case a ‘complicated stew’

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown walks to the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida, during her trial on federal fraud and tax charges in May. She’ll learn her fate when a judge announces her sentence next month. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP file photo)

Hoping to avoid prison, former Florida Rep. Corrine Brownasked for mercy during her sentencing hearing Thursday.

Brown also asked that U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan consider her years of public service, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Judge Won’t Announce Corrine Brown Sentence Until December
Brown and two others involved in sham charity have sentencing hearings this week

Former Rep. Corrine Brown answers questions from the media as she leaves the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida, in April. (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union via AP file photo)

The judge overseeing disgraced former Rep. Corrine Brown’s sentencing on fraud charges said Sunday he will not announce her punishment until Dec. 4.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan will still hold sentencing hearings this week for Brown, her former chief of staff Ronnie Simmons, and Carla Wiley, who ran the bogus charity Brown used as a personal slush fund this week, the Florida Times-Union reported.