Rep. Brown's defense team allowed to withdraw in fraud case

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Posted: Aug 23, 2016 6:18 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown is getting more time to find new lawyers after her attorneys asked to withdraw citing irreconcilable differences.

The Florida Times-Union reports (http://bit.ly/2c4cgzi ) that U.S. Magistrate James Klindt on Tuesday allowed attorneys Mark NeJame and David Haas to leave the case. They said in a court filing that hostility and distrust permeated their meetings. She is due back in court Sept. 7 for a follow-up.

Federal prosecutors want Brown's representation settled. She's had three sets of lawyers.

Brown and her chief of staff have pleaded not guilty to charges in a 22-count indictment that includes conspiracy and wire fraud. Prosecutors say the charges stem from a purported charity that investigators say was in reality an $800,000 personal slush fund.

Brown also faces a primary election Aug. 30.