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Kwame Brown returns to D.C. after post-plea respite

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Local,DC,Alan Blinder

Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown got to leave the District for a little longer than he expected.

After Brown pleaded guilty on June 8 to a federal bank fraud charge, a judge approved a request to allow the disgraced lawmaker to leave the area to escape the public attention surrounding the case. Usually, defendants awaiting sentencing are required to remain within 50 miles of D.C.

Under the terms of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon's order, Brown was to return to the District by June 17. But travel logistics prompted Brown's lawyer to file a motion seeking an extension to June 19.

"Defendant now realizes that he needs to travel with his family by car to return to his home in the District of Columbia rather than by air," Brown lawyer Fred Cooke wrote.

Federal prosecutors did not oppose the request.

Brown on Sunday made his first public comments since a statement he made on the courthouse steps after he entered his guilty plea.

"There is no greater experience than being a dad," Brown posted on Twitter. He has not said where he went.

Brown, who also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor campaign finance charge, will be sentenced on Sept. 20.

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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