Feds To Judge: Restrict Corrine Brown Releasing Discovery Info

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown addresses the media outside the Federal Courthouse on July 8, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Bob.Self@jacksonville.com)

Federal prosecutors asked Monday for a court order limiting how U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s attorneys use material the government releases to them before her trial on fraud charges.

Brown’s attorneys have opposed the idea, saying she should be able to share material that undercuts prosecutors’ claims before the Aug. 30 Democratic primary.

“If we were to receive exculpatory information in the process of discovery, Brown would be hamstrung from disclosing exonerating evidence,” defense attorney Jesse Wilkison told prosecutors in a letter Friday.

That letter was attached to a motion prosecutors filed Monday asking for an order limiting discovery material “solely for the preparation, trial, direct appeal … and collateral attack” on prosecutors’ case.

The request was sent to U.S. Magistrate James Klindt, who didn’t immediately rule on the request. Prosecutors asked for a ruling by Friday.

By Steve Patterson, Jacksonville.com excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com July 19, 2016