US judge refuses to move ex-Detroit mayor's trial

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A federal judge has rejected ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's request that his corruption trial be moved because of the extensive publicity about the case.

Detroit U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds on Thursday turned down defense lawyer James Thomas's motion for a change of venue for the trial. Opening statements are set for Friday.

Kilpatrick and others are accused of rigging contracts, shaking down businessmen and pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Thomas's filing says media coverage of the case has gone "radioactive" and makes it impossible for Kilpatrick and his co-defendants to get a fair trial.

Prosecutors opposed the request, and Edmunds says the jurors chosen for the case are able to act fairly.

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