DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A federal judge has denied ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s latest request that he be released on bond while awaiting sentencing.
Kilpatrick has complained that he needs to leave prison so he can receive treatment for what he says is a serious knee injury.
Kilpatrick’s attorney, James Thomas, stated in court documents that his client’s request for medical treatment over the past weeks at Milan Detention Center “have not yet been met in any meaningful way.”
Thomas has argued that Kilpatrick isn’t a flight risk because he’s broke, and that he is not a danger to the public.
Kilpatrick’s mother, former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, had offered her Detroit home as collateral to ensure her son shows up to court for sentencing.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds made the bond denial decision on Wednesday. She cited Kilpatrick’s criminal record and history of problems adhering to parole conditions.
A federal jury on March 11 found Kilpatrick and his friend Bobby Ferguson guilty on multiple counts, including racketeering conspiracy.
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