July 13, 2017
Please feel free to share this letter with other supporters. On behalf of Congresswoman Corrine Brown, I am writing this letter to ask for your assistance in writing a letter of support. In addition, we may ask you to speak at a sentencing hearing, which is where a judge imposes a sentence. You have been a longtime supporter of Congresswoman Brown and she is now in need of your support more than ever!
As you may know, Congresswoman Brown’s trial started on April 26, 2017, which ended with a guilty verdict. While we were disappointed by the outcome, I want to emphasize that this is far from over! The jury’s verdict is NOT final! We will continue to fight!
On June 8, 2017, we submitted a Motion for New Trial and Motion for Judgment of Acquittal. Our goal with the motions is simple – to reverse the jury’s verdict. We are pleased that United States District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan recently issued an order for a motions hearing on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. On that date, the Judge will hear oral arguments on both motions at the United States District Court in Jacksonville, Florida. This proceeding is open to the public – please plan to attend! We hope the courtroom is filled with Congresswoman Brown’s supporters!
We are hopeful that the Judge will rule in our favor. However, we are preparing for a possible sentencing hearing in a few months if a new trial or judgment of acquittal is not granted. The good news is that the Judge is NOT required to impose any term of imprisonment based on the charges in this case. Prior to sentencing, we would present the Judge with letters of support from family, friends, constituents and colleagues so that he can fully appreciate her good character and accomplishments. These letters should be received as soon as possible but no later than Friday, August 18, 2017.
In order for the letters to be effective we ask that you follow the suggestions below:
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June 21, 2017, Letter to Supporters of Congresswoman Corrine Brown; Page 2
Re: Sentencing Update
- The letters should be addressed to “The Honorable Timothy J. Corrigan.” You should NOT mail the letters directly to the Judge. The rules of court require that we submit all letters as part of a sentencing memorandum.
- You should send all letters to Dolly Faul, Congresswoman Brown’s Private Investigator, at Justice Investigations Services, Inc., 1076 NW Eucalyptus Avenue, Arcadia, FL 34266, firstname.lastname@example.org. You should provide your contact information in case Dolly needs to follow-up with you. We will compile the letters to be submitted to the Judge.
- Handwritten letters are preferred; however, typed letters are acceptable. Feel free to share any photos that are pertinent.
- You should give your name and brief background. You should state how long you have known Congresswoman Brown, explain your relationship to her, andprovide specific examples in which your life or the lives of others were enriched by her.
- It is very important to emphasize that the Judge is NOT required to impose any term of imprisonment based on the charges in this case.
- The letters should emphasize Congresswoman Brown’s good character and show that she has been an outstanding member of society for many years. The letters should also emphasize her numerous accomplishments, which include her commitment to family, friends and constituents; community outreach; and charitable activities. You should refrain from criticizing the government prosecutors or FBI because the Judge will be most receptive to positive statements about Congresswoman Brown.
- You should indicate that you are aware of the guilty verdict – a letter of support from someone who is unaware of the proceedings has less impact.
- You should keep the letters to a reasonable length. While we all know there are many positive things to say about Congresswoman Brown, the Judge is less likely to read letters that exceed a few pages.
The foregoing is simply intended to provide general thoughts for your letters – it is not intended to dictate style, tone or substance. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dolly at 941.628.5852 – cell, email@example.com. Again, we need to receive the letters as soon as possible but no later than Friday, August 18, 2017.
Thank you for your assistance.