Jury moving to deliberations in Kilpatrick case

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The five-month corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is going to the jury after some last words from prosecutors.

The government gets to make a second final argument Friday after jurors heard closing remarks from defense attorneys on Tuesday and Thursday. It's not known whether the jury will immediately start deliberations or wait until next week. Monday is a public holiday.

Lawyers for Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, and Bobby Ferguson commanded the jury's attention Thursday. They said neither were crooks. Lawyers described Bernard Kilpatrick as a legitimate consultant, and Ferguson as a hands-on construction contractor.

Prosecutors say the Kilpatricks and Ferguson rigged contracts and extorted businesses for cash. There were nearly 70 half-days of testimony in a trial that began in September.

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