Kwame Kilpatrick’s Conviction Stands in Detroit U.S. District Court

Did you hear that Detroit’s former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was trying to get a new trial?

Have you been following the Kilpatrick corruption trial?

Like many Detroiters, I have been following the Kilpatrick corruption trial from the start.

Last March, the 5 month long trial ended and Kwame Kilpatrick was found guilty on 24 counts. Kwame Kilpatrick, if you weren’t already aware, was Detroit’s former mayor had been accused and convicted of lining his pockets with money from the mayor’s office.

Over those 5 months, we have heard and read about the government testimonies that seemed to cause Kilpatrick to get deeper and deeper into the drama. Everything started in 2008 during the Kilpatrick text message scandal when he and his chief of staff perjured themselves.

Kilpatrick, who was once Detroit’s golden boy, only had more troubles after that. During the corruption trial the government provided the jury with,

  • Back Records
  • Contract Agreements
  • 80 Witnesses

That was only the half of it.

When the conviction came in March, I had assumed that the excitement was over. You can read the recap of the convictions at, Kwame Kilpatrick Found Guilty on 24 Counts. Kilpatrick had other ideas. Instead, he tried to get a judge to give another trial or to acquit him.

According to the Detroit Free Press,

A federal judge has refused to acquit or grant new trials to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and a city contractor. The decision Thursday clears the way for Kilpatrick’s sentence for corruption on Sept. 3. Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson were convicted in March of a sweeping scheme to enrich themselves through fixed contracts, bribes and kickbacks. Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard, was convicted of a tax crime.”

Come September, we’ll be here sharing with you the information we’ve learned about the conviction.

So, What Do You Think? Do you think that Kilpatrick should be allowed another trial?