DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The federal judge presiding over former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s corruption trial says it will likely be delayed until Nov. 13.
The trial has been on hold while a defense lawyer recovers from a health problem.
Judge Nancy Edmunds says Gerald Evelyn is “recovering, but slowly. He’s weak and needs rest.” Evelyn represents Kilpatrick’s friend, Bobby Ferguson, who was a Detroit contractor.
Edmunds said the trial could possible resume a bit earlier, maybe later next week, if Evelyn’s doctor gives him the all clear.
Evelyn was rushed to a hospital Monday after asking for a break while questioning a witness.
Another attorney on the Ferguson team, Michael Rataj, said Evelyn doesn’t have any major medical problems, but wouldn’t be more specific. He said Evelyn is doing great and getting stronger by the day.
“He’s a warrior Gerald wants to get back into the game and he wants to, you know, continue this trial,” said Rataj.”But he also understand that right now he needs to take care of himself and that’s what he’s doing.”
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 in a different scandal.
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