Corrine Brown's motions will fail, says Ronnie Simmons' lawyer - Florida Politics

Corrine Brown’s motions will fail, says Ronnie Simmons’ lawyer

Less than a year ago, Corrine Brown and Ronnie Simmons were yoked at the hip, as Congresswoman and Chief of Staff.

Less than six months ago, both were off the federal payroll — yet yoked as co-defendants in the One Door for Education fraud case.

Much has changed since then.

Simmons struck a plea deal with the feds in February, pleading guilty on two counts, with his sentencing contingent on substantial cooperation with the feds.

As part of that cooperation, Simmons had to testify against his old boss — whose attorney, in an otherwise torpid defense, actually brought the fire in the cross-examination.

Now, as Simmons waits to find out his fate, Corrine Brown seeks to alter hers, with motions last week for a new trial and an acquittal.

The motion for a new trial was predicated on a claim that the juror who got bounced because he was compelled in decision-making by the Holy Spirit was removed erroneously. And the motion for acquittal was predicated on essentially re-litigating the trial, to again make the case that Brown was a dupe of her staffer and his girlfriend, and she was too old and enfeebled to do anything about it.

Simmons’ lawyer, Anthony Suarez, spoke with FloridaPolitics.com’s Terry Roen in Orlando Wednesday. He is skeptical of these motions.

“I’ve examined the motions and believe they’re not strong enough because they don’t cite a lot of case law,” said Suarez. “They’re not going to be successful.”

He also said he anticipated the defense attacking his client.

“I compare it to the Whac-A-Mole game,” said Suarez. “The prosecutor and Brown took turns whacking my client.”

Suarez, from the beginning of pre-trial proceedings, was frank in saying that he expected a plea deal for his client — a marked departure from Corrine Brown, who was adamant in taking the case to trial.

In the post-trial strategy discussions, there still seems to be a wide divergence between the pragmatic Suarez and Brown, whose defense seems predicated on a cult of personality that effectively expired when Brown lost her primary to Al Lawson in August 2016.

2 Comments

  1. I will pray for this woman but I have no sympathy for her actions. I was a constituent of her district but she never answered my emails. She was far too busy involved in the glamor of her office to be compassionate to others. Those who were shocked by the verdict were shocked because the gravy train is over.

  2. Hello,

    Yes lets pray for Corrine Brown. I have a friend who told me she promised him an internship but it never came through. Corrine, had many high profile cases including her own.

    1. Trayvon Martin
    2. Sommer Thompson
    3. Marissa Alexander
    4. Jordan Davis
    5. Redistricting of her Congressional District
    6. Corrine Brown corruption charges
    7. Sanford Public Housing residents
    8. Pulse Night Club massacre.

    Corrine Brown helped many though scholarships, internships, employment opportunities, federal casework assistance and other things. All the people who got help from her need to assist her now.

    I correspond with elected officials all the time. Sometimes they reply and sometimes not. Since 2014 they have gotten even worse. But I am only one person most people have never taken the time to write, call, email, visit, fax, or post on social media to their elected officials.

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