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    March 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Detroit corruption trial verdict

    Kwame Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson guilty on most counts

    Ex-mayor faces 20 years in prison; father convicted only on one tax charge


    By Robert Snell
    The Detroit News

    Detroit — Jurors convicted former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson of federal racketeering and other charges, but only convicted Kilpatrick's father Bernard on one tax charge.

    As the verdict was read, Kilpatrick hung his head at the defendants table.

    The eight-woman, four-man jury, which included five blacks and a Hispanic, spent nearly two weeks of deliberation before convicting Kilpatrick of charges that dogged him for years and could send him to prison for two decades.

    The jury reached a verdict on 40 of 45 total counts. Among the counts jurors could not decide on bribery charges for Kilpatrick...

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz2NFCjPlxm

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    Verdict in ex-Detroit mayor corruption trial

    ED WHITE, AP
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    DETROIT — DETROIT (AP) — Jurors reached a verdict Monday in the federal corruption trial of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick after 14 days of deliberations.

    Lawyers for Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and city contractor Bobby Ferguson were summoned to Detroit federal court. The verdict was to be read Monday morning, court spokesman Rod Hansen said in an email.

    Kilpatrick is charged with turning the mayor's office into a cash machine by collecting kickbacks and bribes from people who wanted city business. He's also charged with looting a nonprofit fund that he created to help distressed Detroiters...

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/...roit-Ex-Mayor/

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    Well, isn't this good news. Thanks so much for keeping us all updated!

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    I hope that the 1:30 hearing to determine whether Kilpatrick and/or Ferguson will be taken into custody immediately is livestream or carried live by local media. I don't know about Ferguson, but I strongly believe that KK will flee unless he is incarcerated. He has repeatedly demonstrated that he does not think that laws apply to him and has violated the terms of his current probation several times. When Kwame asked to be allowed to go home to Texas last week, I think that he knew that a verdict was imminent and that he would most likely be convicted on some charges. I think that he would have made arrangements to flee from Texas and might not have even returned to Detroit for the verdict. Kilpatrick cannot be trusted and should be taken into Federal custody immediately.

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    Guilty!
    Don't take yourself so seriously... nobody else does.

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    Don't take yourself so seriously... nobody else does.

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    Judge and jurors answer reporters questions:

    A 1:30 p.m. bond hearing is scheduled for all three defendants.
    11:20

    Reporters are filling the courtroom awaiting jurors who may speak to the media shortly.

    We'll bring you their comments right here.
    11:32

    U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade is expected to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. regarding the Kilpatrick corruption trial verdict.
    11:42

    The judge says all but one of the jurors has agreed to speak to the media.
    11:45

    The jury let the judge know Friday they had reached a verdict. Judge Edmunds says they wanted to sleep on their decision and they confirmed their verdict this morning.
    11:45

    The judge is speaking to reporters in the courtroom now. Jurors are not fielding questions yet.
    11:48

    The judge says she had a sense of what their verdict was on Friday, but she did not review it with them until this morning.
    11:48

    Jurors are entering the courtroom to speak to the media about the corruption trial verdict.
    11:49

    The jurors will identify themselves by juror number when addressing the media.
    11:50

    What type of message do you hope your verdict sends?

    What was the most compelling piece of evidence you heard?

    Did the fancy suits they wore to court bother you?
    11:50

    Questions asked
    11:50

    We deliberated, came to a decision--so that's the message (response from juror)
    11:51

    Juror 12-- "what people look like or didn't look like had no bearing in this case." In response to the suit question.
    11:52

    Reporter Jim Kiertzner addressing the jurors now. What did you decide on first? One of his questions to the jury.
    11:53

    Juror 6--"We took each and every charge very seriously. We tried to evaluate every charge based on the evidence. Some were easier than others based on the evidence."
    11:53

    How important to you were the text messages? Question to jury.
    11:54

    The text messages played an important role. --response from juror
    11:55

    I think there are quite a few of us who have expertise as it relates to contracting--juror comment.
    11:56

    Reporter asks about witness testimony and how it played a role in their decision making process.
    11:57

    Juror 6--We were instructed to look at that testimony very carefully. We took it seriously.
    11:58

    How tempting was it to glance at a headline? Question from reporter.
    11:59

    Juror 1--For me personally, it wasn't a big temptation. We had been in this room for a very long time. Everyone here has sacrificed...nobody was going to risk all that we've done.
    12:00

    Juror 7 indicates she is a social media geek and it was hard for her. She just had to give up social media.
    12:03

    Juror 12-- "We are a nice group of people, we respect each other."

    She did indicate that sometimes arguments got a little heated.
    12:04

    Reporter asks Juror 12 about the arguments. Which of the charges brought the most heated discussions?
    12:05

    Juror 12 indicates there was always respect in the room.

    "Everything was difficult for all of us, but we looked at the witnesses, we looked at the testimony...and we made a decision."
    12:07

    Reporter asks if they were hoping to hear from the defendants...
    12:10

    Juror 7 answered in regards to the defendants' family presence.

    "For me, his family life is not our business."

    She said whether they showed up or didn't--that's between him and his family.
    12:11

    Juror 6-- "We talked about our job of being the voice of the community and taking that very seriously. These charges were not victimless crimes."
    12:12

    Juror 6 continues to speak about the responsibility of rendering a verdict on the charges and the effect it would have on the defendants.
    12:14

    Juror 11 speaks of her disappointment after she herself voted for the mayor twice. "Sitting on this trial, I saw a lot that turned my stomach--I couldn't believe this was going on."
    12:15

    Did anyone feel bad for them? Question asked to jury.
    12:16

    Juror 11-- "You feel really bad for the families. I don't feel bad for the defendants because I feel you go into things knowing what you're doing. I feel bad for the families, especially the children. "
    12:16

    Reporter asks jury to talk about sacrifices...
    12:17

    "I don't think you have time for that," joked one juror.
    12:17

    "All of us have sacrificed quite a bit." --Juror 8
    12:20

    What predicates did you use to decide RICO charges? Question asked to jury.
    12:21

    Juror 6 indicates they were provided with instructions with the elements for RICO and they went through that meticulously.
    12:23

    Reporter asks if anyone feels there should have been additional charges...
    12:23

    Juror 12-- "Sorry, but that's not our call."
    12:25

    Question for the alternates: Do you agree with this decision?
    Juror 15 indicates that it wouldn't be fair to make that call since they weren't part of the deliberation process.
    12:29

    If any one of you could sit face to face with Kwame Kilpatrick, what would you tell him? Question to jury.

    No one in the jury answered that question.
    12:30

    The jury questioning is over in the courtroom. Stay with us here as we get ready to live blog the 1:30 p.m. bond hearing for all three defendants.
    12:33

    "I never had any sense there was a deadlock," said Judge Nancy Edmunds to media in the courtroom.

    The judge says she felt confident the entire time that the jury would reach a verdict on a majority of the charges.
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    Update

    The bail hearing for Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson has been delayed until 2:00PM EDT.

    Livestream: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/i...z/-/index.html

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    March 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Detroit corruption trial

    Kilpatrick judge deciding if he will go right to priso

    Hearing right now will determine whether ex-mayor, Ferguson are released on bond or locked up immediately


    By Robert Snell and Jim Lynch
    The Detroit News

    Detroit - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick doesn't have a large stash of cash and can't afford to flee before being sentenced in the City Hall corruption case, his lawyer said.

    Kilpatrick's lawyer is fighting a prosecution request to have Kilpatrick locked up immediately.

    "His risk of flight is, I think, illusory," defense lawyer James C. Thomas said during a detention hearing today. "He doesn't have cash reserves with which to flee. Being convicted doesn't make it more or less of a reason to flee. He was facing those charges from the very beginning."

    Kilpatrick will learn shortly whether he is headed directly to prison today after being found guilty on 24 counts in his corruption trial earlier Monday morning...

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz2NG3gA4cN

    ETA: Both Kilpatrick and Ferguson are going to be incarcerated immediately.


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    1:53

    Federal prosecutors have entered the courtroom for the 2pm hearing.
    1:56

    It appears as if Kwame Kilpatrick's mother, fmr. Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, is seated in the courtroom's second row.
    1:59

    Defense lawyers Jim Thomas (Kwame Kilpatrick) and John Shea (Bernard Kilpatrick) have entered the courtroom.
    1:59

    Gerald Evelyn (Bobby Ferguson) is here as well.
    2:00

    Kwame Kilpatrick is seated in the row in front of his mother. He is smiling, and so is she.
    2:02

    About a dozen friends and family members of Kwame Kilpatrick's are currently occupying the second and third rows of the courtroom.
    2:05

    Bernard Kilpatrick does not appear to be present, but the other defendants are.
    2:05

    Judge Edmunds has entered the courtroom.
    2:06

    The bond hearing is underway.
    2:07

    Judge Edmunds says that "the presumption is that detention is required in this case." She says that the defense lawyers need to argue why the defendants should not be incarcerated.
    2:10

    Prosecutor Michael Bullotta argues that Kilpatrick and Ferguson should be detained. Says that he has ignored the court's orders in the past, talking about hearings before Judge Callahan, Judge Groner, and other Wayne County judges. He's digging way back through Kilpatrick's many different appearances before judges.
    2:11

    Talking about what he says is Kilpatrick's "demonstrated history of not following other court's orders," Bullotta says Kilpatrick is a flight risk and should be detained.
    2:11

    Kilpatrick's eyes are closed, and he is massaging his temples as his lawyer Jim Thomas now speaks.
    2:15

    Kwame Kilpatrick has no reason to flee, says his lawyer Jim Thomas. He has appeared at every hearing--federal, county and otherwise--showing up on time and paying attention.

    "Mr. Kilpatrick is not a danger to the community," Thomas said.
    2:15

    Kilpatrick appears to be in a daze. His eyes look tired, and he seems worn down. We've not seen this kind of emotion during the entire trial.
    2:16

    Jim Thomas is now done speaking.
    2:17

    Prosecutor Eric Doeh is now addressing the judge with regard to Bobby Ferguson.
    2:19

    Doeh reminds the court of Ferguson's criminal history. Remember, he pleaded guilty to assault many years ago for pistol whipping an employee of his. Doeh is also talking about the hundreds of thousands of dollars recovered at Ferguson's home and office, as well as weapons that appeared to be in his possession.
    2:22

    As Doeh speaks, Ferguson is as stoic as he was throughout the trial. His hands are folded at the desk, his head is cocked to the side. Kwame Kilpatrick's head is resting in his hand, and his eyes are closed.
    2:22

    Doeh is done, and Ferguson lawyer Gerald Evelyn is up now.
    2:25

    Evelyn reminds the judge that Bobby Ferguson is married and has five children. He makes a good point that the cash and guns found in his home were discovered as part of the bid-rigging trial from the Summer. Remember, that trial ended in a mistrial, so the "facts" of that case are still up in the air.
    2:27

    Evelyn is done, and we're going into a brief recess.
    2:29

    As we wait to hear from the judge, we're getting a good look at the victorious prosecutors. Huddled together at their table, they're all smiles.
    2:32

    On the flip side, defense lawyers seem stunned. They're leaning back in their chairs and not speaking. Kilpatrick's mother looks devastated as she sits in the second row.
    2:35

    Judge Edmunds has just returned to the courtroom.
    2:36

    "A decision turns on the burden of proof, and that's true of this case as well," Edmunds says.
    2:40

    Edmunds notes that Kilpatrick has, in the past, said he is innocent and will not be headed back to prison. That's clearly not the case now, Edmunds says. In other words, now that he has no chance of vindication, she suggests that he has less incentive to return to court.
    2:41

    "I think this is a close call," Edmunds says.
    2:41

    "Detention is required in his circumstance," Edmunds says.

    Kilpatrick and Ferguson will be remanded for detention. They're going behind bars.
    When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. ~ Maya Angelou

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    2:42
    A marshall just approached Kilpatrick, presumably to take him into custody.

    2:46
    Both men took off of their suit jackets as a marshall approached. Kwame Kilpatrick seemed to slip something into his mouth just before being detained.



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    Bond Denied; Kilpatrick & Ferguson Ordered To Prison

    Kwame Kilpatrick, Ferguson denied bond, ordered to prison

    Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick heads to jail after receiving 24 guilty convictions in federal corruption trial


    Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:42:49 PM EDT Updated On: Mar 11 2013 02:46:12 PM EDT

    DETROIT -
    After a jury found them guilty of multiple federal corruption charges Monday morning, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his friend Bobby Ferguson were denied bond and ordered to go to prison while they await their sentencing...

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/i...z/-/index.html

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    wow!!!!!

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    March 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Detroit corruption trial

    Kwame Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson go straight to prison

    No bond for ex-mayor after he's found guilty on 24 counts


    By Robert Snell and Jim Lynch
    The Detroit News

    Detroit - Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson will head straight to prison just hours after a jury found them guilty in their months-long corruption trial.

    Judge Nancy Edmunds opted for immediate imprisonment instead of allowing the men to remain free while awaiting sentencing in the next few months.

    During an afternoon hearing, Kilpatrick sat with his attorneys, with family members and supporters seated just behind him. On her way into the courthouse for that hearing, Kwame Kilpatrick's mother, former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, said, "I served 32 years. Pray for my family."

    Edmunds asked defense attorneys to argue why their clients should not be sent immediately to prison. Kilpatrick's attorney said the former mayor does not have the financial means to flee.

    Prosecutors countered, saying Kilpatrick needed to be detained due to his history of lying, disobeying court orders and his ability to access cash that might allow him to flee. They described Ferguson as a violent flight risk.

    Following the arguments, Edmunds recessed the session to consider the information presented...

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz2NG8jk9IY

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