DETROIT (WWJ) — Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted for racketeering conspiracy and other crimes, was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2013

Now, Kilpatrick’s brother-in-law, Daniel Ferguson tells WWJ Newsradio 950 that there is a growing movement to get the former Detroit Mayor set free.

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“There are people who contact me that want to do a letter-writing campaign to President Obama to get a pardon,” Ferguson told WWJ City Beat reporter Vickie Thomas. “In the whole scheme of things I just want justice. He didn’t get a fair trial.”

As far as whether the President will actually pardon Kilpatrick, Ferguson said he isn’t sure if the decision will be made, but remains optimistic.

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“To be brutally honest, I hope so. But do I think so…?” Ferguson said, trailing off.

Kilpatrick’s attorney is currently seeking an appeal of the jury’s decision, citing a conflict involving Kilpatrick’s attorneys and other reasons.

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A film chronicling the rise and fall of the former Mayer, KMK: A Documentary of Kwame Kilpatrick, premieres at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Charles H. Wright Museum.