Jurors returned to work in the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick — but not for long.
“If Kwame Kilpatrick was white and his name was Kent Masters Kensington, he would not be on trial,” said Daniel Ferguson — Kilpatrick’s brother-in-law and Bobby Ferguson’s cousin.
Bernard Kilpatrick wasn’t an extortionist but a sharp-elbowed consultant who did legitimate work for people who wanted business with the city, his attorney said during final arguments.
Macomb County prosecutors have altered the charges against a woman whose three previous trials in the drowning death of her 4-year-old grandson ended without resolution.
On day 49 of the trial last Monday one of the government’s star witnesses took the stand.
City contractor Johnson Akinwusi wrapped up his testimony saying he paid nearly $5K for suits the incoming mayor had in layaway.
Tucker Cipriano, the teenager accused of killing his father with a baseball bat and seriously injuring his mother and brother, is expected to take the stand Thursday.
A nasty fall by defense attorney Susan Van Dusen on Monday tripped up the trial this week and caused federal prosecutors to re-direct their focus on new allegation not detailed in the 100 page indictment.
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has a full day of court appearances on his planner.
A March trial has been scheduled for a 74-year-old West Bloomfield woman charged in the shooting death of her 17-year-old grandson.