Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has given the public an update on his bad knee.
Kilpatrick made his first appearance in court Thursday since his corruption conviction in March. Judge Nancy Edmunds wanted to hear about his conflict with his lawyer, but Kilpatrick first thanked her for cutting through red tape at Milan prison and getting him a medical exam.
Kilpatrick says he needs surgery for a torn tendon and other leg injuries. He says he's "terrified" by the thought of the procedure and also "terrified" that he has to rehabilitate the leg in prison.
Kilpatrick says he needs a donated tendon. He didn't elaborate.
Edmunds did allow Kilpatrick to give his long-time attorney Jim Thomas the boot and assign him a new lead attorney -- Harold Gurewitz.
"I imagine that he'll continue to try to communicate with my office to get the information he needs in order to prepare the papers he's going to be filing, and we're going to help him in anyway we can," Thomas said.
Gurewitz will now handle all of Kilpatrick's pre-sentencing legal matters.
"Harold Gurewitz is top notch, absolutely top notch," Thomas said.
With Gurewitz now taking over, he'll need time to prepare. Kilpatrick's sentencing has been pushed back to at least August.
Kilpatrick was found guilty of racketeering, extortion, tax evasion and wire fraud in March.
He has requested to be released from prison while he awaits sentencing, but his multiple requests have all been denied.
Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, was also in the courtroom and said he was "very happy" to see his son. It was the first time the two were able to see each other since the guilty verdicts.
Bernard Kilpatrick hasn't been able to visit his son in prison because he was a co-defendant in the same trial.
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