Jury: Verdict – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick GUILTY!
A jury concluded this morning that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick ran a criminal enterprise — complete with extortion, bribes and kickbacks — while he was the mayor of the state’s largest city.
The panel convicted him and longtime contractor friend Bobby Ferguson of running a racket out of the mayor’s office for years to enrich themselves. They found the pair guilty of shakedowns and bid-rigging. In some cases, longtime friends testified they handed cash to Kilpatrick in envelopes.
Interviewed afterward, jurors said they took each charge seriously and “strictly looked at the evidence,” as one juror said.
Juror No. 8 said that there was “passion … to see that the right thing was done.”
Source: Detroit Free Press
DETROIT (WXYZ) – The jury in the Kilpatrick corruption trial has reached a verdict on Day 15 of deliberations.
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