Judge to rule on Kilpatrick evidence
Ruling expected on Kilpatrick's request in federal court asking that potential 'prejudicial evidence' be excluded from September trial
A ruling is expected Monday on whether or not potential evidence will be entered in to court for the September trial of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
In July, Kwame Kilpatrick’s legal team filed a request in federal court asking that things such as his college and law school grades not be brought up during his September trial on corruption charges.
“Counsel respectfully requests that this Honorable Court prohibit the introduction of any evidence that tends to show that Mr. Kilpatrick was incarcerated, imprisoned or in any way discipline prior to his election to testify in this matter,” the motion reads.
READ: Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial evidence filing
The federal indictment against the former Detroit mayor describes a brazen pay-to-play scheme in which the Kilpatrick took kickbacks and bribes to steer city business to certain contractors.
The case also involves Kilpatrick's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, his friend, contractor Bobby Ferguson, and the city's former water department director, Victor Mercado.
All have pleaded not guilty.
Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and resigned from office in 2008 after he lied at a civil trial to cover up an extramarital affair with his chief of staff, which was exposed through a series of graphic text messages. That lawsuit cost Detroit $8.4 million.
Kilpatrick was imprisoned in May 2010 for failing to disclose assets and surrender sufficient funds that could have reduced his $1 million restitution to Detroit. He was released Aug. 2, 2011, and has moved to Texas with his wife and three sons.