DETROIT -

Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson were denied new trials Thursday during their last appearances in federal court before their sentencing next month.

The hearing was to tie up any loose ends before the two are sentenced the first week of September for racketeering and extortion convictions.

Kilpatrick will be sentenced Sept. 3 before District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds.

Ferguson will be sentenced the next day.  

Both, however, have asked for new trials.

In March, Kilpatrick was found guilty of 24 charges.

He’s been imprisoned, and denied release several times, while awaiting his sentencing date. He could get 20 years in prison for the racketeering convictions alone.

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