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.READ MORE: Here Is The Top 'Should I...' Question Googled In Michigan In 2021, AT&T Reports
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.READ MORE: GM Secures Tax Abatement For Proposed $1.3B Orion Assembly Plant Investment
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.Chief White Says 'There's Reason To Believe' Remains Found In Detroit Belong to Missing Mother Latima Warren
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