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Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Jury Convicts Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, His Dad and Good Friend

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel and Bill McGraw
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Kwame Kilpatrick, the youngest mayor in Detroit history, who became a devisive figure and ended up in trouble with the law time after time, was convicted by a Detroit federal jury today on numerous public corruption charges, along with his long-time friend Bobby Ferguson. His father Bernard Kilpatrick was convicted on one count of filing a false tax return.

After 14 days of deliberation, the jury of six whites, five blacks and one Hispanic found Kilpatrick and Ferguson guilty on most counts incluindg racketeering conspiracy, extortion and bribery. The jury could not reach a verdict on the father involving the racketeering. U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds said the jury had reachd a verdict on Friday but decided to sleep on it and come back on Monday.

The jury found that Kilpatrick and Ferguson rigged bids and extorted money from contractors while Kilpatrick was mayor.

Specifically, the jury found Kwame Kilpatrick guilty on 24 of 30 counts. The jury acquitted him on three counts and were deadlocked on three others. The jury convicted Bobby Ferguson on 9 of 11 counts and Bernard Kilpatrick on one of four counts. Bernard Kilpatrick faced racketeering charge but the jury deadlocked ont that one. Most of counts against Kwame Kilpatrick and Ferguson carry a maximum penalty of 10 to 20 years. His father, who was convicted of filing a false tax return, faces up to three years in prison.

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Ex-Detroit Mayor Hammered Again: Indicted on Public Corruption Charges with Father and Others

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already facing an avalanche of legal trouble, was hammered again on Wednesday when a federal grand jury in Detroit  indicted him, his father, a city contractor and former aides on public corruption charges centering on government contracts and kickbacks.

In announcing the 38-count  indictment at a televised afternoon press conference, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said Kilpatrick used  “his public office as a corrupt organization.”  Authorities said the probe was ongoing for six-years.

Kilpatrick, 40,  once dubbed the “hip hop mayor”,   is currently in prison, serving time for failing to pay $1 million in restitution after he pleaded in 2008 to obstruction of justice charges for  lying  about an affair with his chief of staff and about the discharge of a police official while  under oath during a whistle-blower lawsuit. The lies were revealed in Kilpatrick’s text messages the Detroit Free Press published.

He was sentenced in May to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation.

A month later, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on 19 federal counts including mail fraud, wire fraud, tax evasion and filing a false tax return. He was Detroit mayor from 2002 to 2008.

Others indicted Wednesday  included Kilpatrick’s father Bernard Kilpatrick, city contractor Bobby Ferguson, former top Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller and former water department chief Victor Mercado.

The indictment alleged that the defendants extorted money from municipal contracts and were knee-deep in bribery.

Authorities alleged that city contractor Ferguson kicked back at least $424,000 in cash and other items of value to Mayor Kilpatrick, and that the mayor used more than $590,000 of ill-gotten cash from the conspiracy to pay off credit card bills, buy clothes and pay off loans.

Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick, who had long been under federal investigation, allegedly put $600,000 in cash into his bank accounts and was charged with filing  false tax returns.

U.S. Attorney McQuade, addressing criticisms that her office is piling on charges, said the new charges were far more significant than the ones Kilpatrick has faced in the past two years.  Plus, she said she wanted to send a message to politicians that leaving office doesn’t get you off the hook.

People Allegedly Paid Tens of Thousands of Dollars to Father of Detroit Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to Land City Contracts

Bernard Kilpatrick/wxyz tv

Bernard Kilpatrick/wxyz tv

By Allan Lengel

At least nine people have testified in a federal grand jury in Detroit that they paid the the father of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick tens of thousands of dollars to try and land city contracts, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The paper reported that the father, Bernard Kilpatrick, ran a consulting firm called Maestro Associates. But the FBI believes he did no consulting and was really just paid for access to his son.

The paper reported that the FBI has been digging into the father’s finances and tapping his phone. Kwame Kilpatrick, who had been ousted on state charges after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with a phone text message scandal, is also being looked at by the FBI in connection with bribery.

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