Jury picked in Kilpatrick corruption trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

After nine days, a jury has been selected in the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Opening statements are set for Friday in federal court. The judge plans to hear arguments Thursday about moving the trial outside of Detroit, but that defense request likely will be denied.

Five of the 12 jurors picked Wednesday are black. There also are six alternate jurors. The day began with more than 60 final candidates.

Kilpatrick is on trial, along with his father Bernard Kilpatrick, city contractor Bobby Ferguson, and former Detroit water boss Victor Mercado.

The government claims Kwame Kilpatrick enriched himself for years through bribery and extortion involving contractors that did business with Detroit. He resigned as mayor in 2008 due to an unrelated scandal.

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