Testimony begins Monday in Kilpatrick trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Jurors have heard opening statements in the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and two other defendants.

The first witnesses will appear Monday. The jury heard remarks from attorneys Friday, including federal prosecutor Mark Chutkow, who said the Kilpatricks, contractor Bobby Ferguson and former water boss Victor Mercado formed a crooked cabal with millions of public dollars at stake.

Chutkow says Kilpatrick deposited large amounts of cash in his bank account and routinely paid off credit cards with cash. He accused the former mayor of rigging contracts to help Ferguson, taking kickbacks from his campaign fundraiser and using a nonprofit fund as a "personal ATM."

Defense lawyers denied the charges. Kilpatrick attorney James Thomas told jurors there are "two sides to every story."


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