Illness Sends Jury Home Early In Kilpatrick Trial
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Jurors returned to work in the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick — but not for long.
Court spokesman Rod Hansen said deliberations ended early Monday because a juror was “not feeling well.” The jury will try again Tuesday, one week after deliberations began.
Reported WWJ Newsradio 950’s Vickie Thomas, “As testimony in the trial wrapped up and the closing arguments, quite a few of the jurors were fighting off a bug. At one point, I counted eight boxes of Kleenex in the jury box.”
Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and city contractor Bobby Ferguson are charged with running a criminal enterprise that relied on kickbacks, bribes and rigged contracts. Kwame Kilpatrick also is charged with fraud, tax crimes and other offenses.
Each faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Kwame Kilpatrick resigned as mayor 2008 and after he admitted to lying in a civil case about a romantic relationship with an aide. He subsequently served 14 months in prison for violating his probation in that case.
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