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Feds Want Kwame Brown to Spend Six Days in Jail (Updated)

Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown should spend six days in jail for his "shameless" crime of lying on a loan application in order to purchase a luxury boat, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The feds just posted their strongly worded argument for Brown's brief incarceration. Brown resigned from office and pleaded guilty to felony bank fraud and a misdemeanor campaign finance violation this summer. Brown admitted to lying on two bank loan applications, one of which was done in order to buy a boat called "Bullet Proof."

"The defendent did not commit bank fraud to feed his family, pay a medical bill, or give money to the poor. He did this so he could own a 39-foot, 330-horsepower boat, a luxury few people can afford," write the feds.

But the feds also note that Brown's already suffered plenty for his sins, going from "one of the most powerful elected officials" in the city to an unemployed convicted felon. They're asking that Brown spend six days in jail on weekends and be on "supervised release" for three years.

Brown's attorney, Fred Cooke, hasn't yet filed a reply and was not immediately available for comment. Brown's sentencing is set for Nov. 12.

UPDATE: Brown is asking that he not have to serve any time behind bars, even if it is weekends only. Brown is asking for two years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service. In a filing, Cooke notes that Brown "has been shaken to his core." And in a letter to the judge, Brown writes that he will "not stray from the path again."

The prosecutors' court filing:

Cooke's filing and Brown's letter:

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisisbossi/ Bossi

    We could be on to something here... how to fix the overcrowded prison system: "Your honor: I'd like to petition for my three life sentence to be served on weekends only."

  • tony

    I think that Mr. Machen's Office request for jail time is a fair request. I did not know that Mr. Brown lied on his loan application for the purpose of buying a luxury boat. Well, that changes things just a bit.

    Mr. Brown needs a little time to do some soul searching. He let down a lot of black folks who made it possible for him to have the chance to serve as an elected official. And he must never forget the sacrifices that those giants for social justice made.

  • Art

    Enough is enough. The guy has been disgraced, been convicted of a felony and lost his job. Put him on probation and move on.

  • nowaitadaminit

    I agree, Art. The charge he pleaded guilty to is one that quite a few people have committed even after having read the fine print. If everyone who committed such a crime was incarcerated even for six days, the prisons would be filled to capacity. At lease on week-ends if that is the standard to be set.

  • Drez

    Damn, Tony. Well said.
    That said, I think Kwame might still be playing around to much. All that talk in the statement he submitted to the judge about coming from humble beginnings? Shit. Pure self serving bullshit.

  • noodlez

    6 DAYS???
    HE IS AFRAID TO GO TO JAIL AND HAVE THAT FULLY LOADED MONIKER MIGHT COME TO FRUITION.

    FUCK THAT. GIVE ME THE SIX DAYS.
    TWO YEARS ON PAPER WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF FUCKING UP AND HAVING TO SERVE TIME ANYWAY.

    SLIM GO TAKE A NAP, GET YOUR MIND RIGHT AND COME HOME TO GET YOUR LIFE IN ORDER.

  • Ward-8

    I think requesting jail time for Kwame is another example of over bearing by the U.S.attorney for a crime in which there is no victim, just miss information and the loan was repaid, this case was built on a whole lot of bull shit.He has already been punish enough by losing his over paid seat on the Council and personal disgrace. I wish like hell these jive ass U.S.Attorney would be just as hard on these revolving door real criminals who continue to terrorize our neighborhood who keep getting a slap on the wrist for crimes that would make Kwame case look like a holy saint.

  • tony

    I have spent a lot of time on this very blog defending the likes of a Kwame Brown and others. But fair is fair.

    The reality is that some of our black politicians simply fail to understand the important role they could play in the lives of our people. Being an elected official is serious business.

    Those black folks east of the river honestly believed that Kwame and others who they so faithfully elected time and time again would use their political power to enhance the quality of their lives. They are just hard working black folks who faithfully volunteer their time and money to support our black politicians with the hope that such representation would mean a better day for them and their family.

    However, they are let down time and time again. As much as I like Mr. Brown, I must also think about his less fortunate constituents who placed so much hope and trust in him. I must also think about that black grandmother who dragged her granddaughter or grandson to the polls so that she could help out brother Kwame. I must also think about that small black businessman who has been struggling for years yet he donated his last precious few dollars to a Kwame Brown’s campaign and got nothing in return. I must also think about that welfare mother who stood in the cold on Election Day and tooted the horn of Kwame Brown with the hope that a new day would come to a world in which she lives. I must also think about that college educated professional who used his/her set of skills to help a Kwame Brown get elected in the name of racial pride.

    Sure, Kwame Brown will learn from this experience and he will pay his penalty and move on. Unlike, all those people who really counted on him, he will be given a job by one of his connections. He will be supported by his well to do friends and supporters. But, what will happen to all those black folks who really hoped and thought that his being elected to the second powerful position in the city would represent a new day for them and their communities? What do we say to them? What do we say to our black babies of the future?

  • Jon

    wait he's going to jail for lying on a bank loan application!? is that even a damn crime? thats crazy. meanwhile the people who loaned him the money...are they serving any time?

  • Truth hurts

    Put this one in the books. Tony, drez, noodlez, and truth hurts all agree. Dang!

  • seeseehpounder

    He should take under privileged youth out on the boat every weekend for his community service. Poor fella just wanted a boat. It's the American dream, so what if he lied? In no way does that reflect his moral character when he represents a city.

  • WARD4NDC

    Kwame deserve more than 6 days in jail. I can assure each of you on here, if we had done the same, we would be sharing a cell with a big muscular black male named Bubba.

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    You are quite right. I very much agreecrusher

  • Ray

    Jail time should be for offenders that are a threat to society.We spend too much money locking up non-violent offenders.

  • nowaitadaminit

    Welllll. I too finally agree with something Truth Hurts said. Don't get all excited, Dawg. Just with your comment #10, nothing else that I can remember.

    First of all I don't think 6 week-end days will change KB one iota. His root difficulties stem from much more than lying on a loan application. Those root difficulties are probalby what made those falsifications necessary in the first place.

    Second, we should all recognize why his charge was what it is. THEY COULD NOT CONVICT KB FOR THOSE CHARGES WITH A DC JURY. THEY COULD NOT CONVICT HIM FOR THE THINGS HE ALLEGEDLY DID EITHER. THEY TOLD HIM HE HAD TO RESIGN OR FACE THE CHARGES. AND WE ALL KNOW WHY THAT WAS NECESSARY EVEN IF NOBODY EVER ADMITS IT.

    Poor (both literally and figuratively speaking) KB doesn't have the resources needed to fight the thing in court and does not qualify for a public defender so he was between a rock and a hard place. He stepped down from his lofty perch and copped the plea. The proverbial THEY got the pound of flesh they wanted and now they want to keep fucking with the man with those 6 days. PULLLLEEZ!

    Finally, if the powers that be do get their wish, why don't they just let the man do his little six days straight with no chaser? He doesn't seem to have a job he won't be going to. He can then spend those 6 week-ends with his long suffering children and get it over with.

    Hell, even my old tired ass could do six days. Even at what they say is funky DC Jail. I hear the worst thing will be hearing those doors clang shut behind him for the first time.

  • John

    Kwame should have been happy with probation but instead he violated the probation and essentially thumbed his nose at the court. He still thinks the rules do not apply to him and it appears he has learned nothing. This is why they may go for some jail time. Some people are slow learners and need an object lesson.

  • watchdogdc

    Tony outstanding comment you are 100% correct in your statements it time the elected officials are held accountable for their actions. The African American Community needs good role models for the young to see how being serious about their education, staying out of trouble, and working hard can payoff for them and their future. But time and time again they are let down by self serving ill motivated elected officials in the city.

  • SEis4ME

    Tony, please save it. Black folk are not endangered by the ignorance of one of our elected polls. "Poor" and "struggling" people aren't gonna be struggling less because some politician did what lots of other people do...lie on a loan application. And that demographic is simply NOT the only demographic to support Brown.

    So while I get your overall point about "responsibility" please save the "what about the people" ridiculousness for an entirely different discussion...like Harry Thomas.

    I will not jump on this bandwagon just to make the resident idiots feel better about themselves. 6 days for lying on a loan application. Puhdamnleeze! And guess who pays for that foolishness? We do! Just to somebody can prove a point.

    Give me a break!

  • SEis4ME

    The African American Community needs good role models for the young to see how being serious about their education, staying out of trouble, and working hard can payoff for them and their future.

    Oh please. That's the problem now. We're always looking at some politician or entertainer to be the example of good role models. That's the problem right there.

  • Typical DC BS

    @Jon: why would the people that loaned him the money go to jail? HE LIED TO GET THE MONEY from the bank. That's why it's a crime. It's also one of the reasons why our economy went belly up a few years ago - too many people getting "liar loans" on houses they couldn't afford, when banks weren't verifying income stated on the loans.

  • tony

    @nowaitadaminit, Your statement "His root difficulties stem from much more than lying on a loan application. Those root difficulties are probably what made those falsifications necessary in the first place" is nothing but the truth.

    Again, I fought hard for Kwame because I believed that he and others were unfairly being targeted by the white establishment. I believe when a brother or sister is attacked, the black community must come to his/her aid. That’s just how I was raised.

    My problem with Kwame is that he repeatedly engaged in bad judgment which jeopardized his ability to fulfill the promises made to a people in desperate need.

  • nowaitadaminit

    Amen Tony, I worked hard for KB too. I worked hard for a lot of them, Mendo included. Hell, I even like Catania and find Graham refreshing like I find Elton John refreshing. Don't know about John, but Graham is reportedly an inspiration to some people who have abused drugs. I never worked for Catania or Graham, but I probably would if asked to do so.

    Yes, KB is definitely guilty of bad judgment. Yes, KB is definitely challenged in spite of his successes. And yes, we helped to elevate him to that perch and so we must also bear a little responsibility for overlooking those very obvious challenges in our zeal to live up to our values.

    'Let he who is without.......', you know he drill. I know you do because of how you say you were raised. So listen to a very old man, Youngie. Give the brother another break and think about how little six days or even six months would do to alleviate his deep seated difficulties.

    Let's hope he can overcome all the damage Marshall Brown heaped upon both KB and CB. Let's hope he will learn from those horrors and not heap the same upon his own children. Let's hope that the heights he rose to will remain open for others like him and then hope some more that those who come after him will be better able to stay on the straight and narrow and not get charged by a jack leg system for falsifying a bank loan while so many others who do the same are not castigated.

    And last, but not least, let's hope that the loser assholes who use this blog to throw successful black men under the bus have their shit put in moderation hell forever, and ever and ever........

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