DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is asking a judge to throw out his corruption conviction, claiming he was the victim of media bias and a bad lawyer.

Kilpatrick made the written request on his own Monday in Detroit federal court. He said he’s also filed a complaint against lawyer James Thomas with the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.

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In March, Kilpatrick and his buddy, Bobby Ferguson, were convicted of racketeering conspiracy and other crimes. The government said Kilpatrick fixed contracts in a “pay to play” scheme that favored Ferguson.

They said, while mayor, Kilpatrick accepted bribes and abused a nonprofit fund, enjoying a lavish lifestyle while his constituents suffered.

Thomas declined to talk about Kilpatrick’s dissatisfaction with him, telling The Detroit News he’s still representing the former mayor.

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Kilpatrick, who was denied bond, is being held in federal prison in Milan while he awaits sentencing. No date has been set.

Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was found guilty on a tax charge in connection with the case. He remains free on bond.

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