Ex-Mayor’s Corruption Trial Halts For Lawyer’s Illness
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A federal judge has recessed ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s corruption trial after a defense lawyer became ill in court.
Reporting from the courthouse, WWJ Newsradio 950’s Vickie Thomas said Gerald Evelyn, who represents co-defendant and contractor Bobby Ferguson, was cross-examining a witness Monday when he became ill.
Evelyn asked for a five minute break and Judge Nancy Edmunds halted the proceedings.
Thomas said Evelyn then put his head down and that’s when emergency crews were summoned.
Evelyn was conscious as he was wheeled out of the courtroom on a stretcher. There was no immediate word on his condition.
The defendants in the trial include Kilpatrick, Ferguson, Kilpatrick’s father Bernard and ex-Detroit water chief Victor Mercado.
Kilpatrick faces tax, conspiracy, fraud, extortion and bribery charges.
Kilpatrick was elected mayor in 2001. The married mayor resigned in 2008, pleading guilty to obstructing justice for lying about having sex with Beatty. He served 14 months in prison for violating probation in that case.
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