JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ex-U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and her supporters asked a federal judge for “mercy and compassion” in his sentencing of her for fraud and tax evasion convictions.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Brown told U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Corrigan on Thursday that the good she did over her political career overshadows her crimes.

A jury convicted Brown of stealing money from a bogus charity, One Door For Education, which purported to give scholarships to poor children.

Federal prosecutors are asking for prison time for the 71-year-old former lawmaker, saying she ran for office as a leader of democracy while stealing money and working to cover it up.

Brown’s attorney James Smith is asking for probation.

Corrigan is scheduled to issue Brown’s sentence on Dec. 4.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com