Appeals panel agrees to re-hear Kwame Kilpatrick case

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Appeals panel agrees to re-hear Kwame Kilpatrick case
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Kwame will get his day in court.

A panel of judges at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear arguments for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his pal, contractor Bobby Ferguson, on Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m. Lawyers for each defendant will get 20 minutes to make their case; the United States Attorney's Office will get 40 minutes. 

Kilpatrick was convicted, and later sentenced, on 24 counts for crimes ranging from bribery to extortion to tax crimes. He was sentenced to 28 years in prison. 

But as the Detroit Free Press reports, Kilpatrick in September argued he did not received a fair trial, and his lawyer worked for a firm who was suing the former mayor. The judge on the case declined Kilpatrick's request to have the attorney withdrawn from what eventually was a five-month trial.

If you're interested in understanding the lead-up to Kilpatrick's eventual resignation, MT put forth a lengthy plea in 2008, asking the mayor to Just Go. Check that out here


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Ryan Felton

Ryan Felton was born in 1990 and spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Livonia. In 2009, after a short stint at Eastern Michigan University, he moved to Detroit where he has remained ever since. After graduating from Wayne State University’s journalism program, he went on to work as a staff writer...
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