Judge Calls Time-Out In Kwame Kilpatrick Trial

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is on hold until next week while a defense lawyer recovers from a health problem.

Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds called a halt to proceeding on Monday after Gerald Evelyn, who represents Kilpatrick buddy and Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson, asked for a a 5-minute break.

WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas said Evelyn put his head down on the table and was taken away by EMS  on a stretcher.

He was listed in fair condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital on Tuesday.

Spokesman Rod Hansen said courthouse nurses checked Evelyn out before calling an ambulance. “They felt it was serious enough to have him transported to get medical attention,” he said.

Bases on Evelyn’s condition, Edmunds will decide whether testimony will resume next Monday.

The trial started Sept. 21 and could stretch into the new year.

Ferguson, Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick’s father Bernard and former Detroit boss Victor Mercado are charged with a racketeering conspiracy and other crimes. Kilpatrick quit the mayor’s office in 2008 and then served time in an unrelated text-message scandal.

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