The only three African-Americans to come before the court in jury selection last week, two females and a male, were all excused.

Jury selection continues at 10 a.m.

Opened statements are scheduled to start by Friday.

The defendants in the so-called "Kilpatrick Enterprise" are accused of a sweeping corruption scheme. The Kilpatricks are accused of shaking down contractors who wanted business or favors from Detroit city hall.

All have pleaded not guilty. Kilpatrick was mayor until fall 2008 when he resigned in an unrelated scandal.

About the author:

Alexandra Harland is a Princeton undergrad and has a masters degree in International affairs with Columbia. A Montreal native, she worked with the Daily Telegraph newspaper for a few years before transitioning to TV, when she worked at ABC News with Peter Jennings. Alexandra has also worked in newsrooms in both Detroit and Boston.