Kwame Brown apologizes to the judge who will sentence him

Cooke and Brown after his June guilty plea. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown tendered an apology Thursday to the judge who will sentence him later this month on a bank fraud charge.

“My public humiliation, the pain that I have caused to my family, friends and supporters, the embarrassment that I have caused to the city that I love are all the consequences of my actions,” Brown wrote to U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon. “I did not intend those consequences, but they are the product of my actions nonetheless.”

He added, “As personally painful as my admission of wrongdoing has been, it may be a lesson to others that none of us is above the rules.”

The letter was included in a pre-sentencing memorandum filed Thursday by attorney Frederick D. Cooke Jr. making the case that Brown should receive a suspended jail sentence, two years of court supervision and community service.

Prosecutors, in their own memorandum filed Thursday, sought six days of jail time, citing Brown’s “calculated and substantial” offenses; Leon will decide the sentence on Nov. 13.

The letter in full:


Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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Mike DeBonis · November 1, 2012