Kwame Kilpatrick found guilty: what's next
Former Detroit mayor, Bobby Ferguson found guilty of racketeering, among other corruption charges
DETROIT – After a weekend of sleeping on it, the jury in the federal corruption trial against former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick announced verdicts Monday morning.
Kilpatrick faced 30 counts. He was found guilty on 24 counts. There was no consensus on three counts and he was found not guilty on three counts. Bobby Ferguson faced 11 counts and was found guilty of 9 counts, no consensus on 1 count and not guilty on 1 count.
Bernard Kilpatrick faced four counts and was found guilty on the sole count of subscribing to a false tax return in 2005 -- Count 38. He was found not guilty on two counts: attempted extortion and a tax charge.
Bobby Ferguson's defense lawyer Gerald Evelyn said he was numb at the verdict and had to scramble to prepare for the detention hearing.
At 2 p.m. Monday, there will be a detention hearing in Judge Nancy Edmunds' courtroom to decide whether or not the three defendants will be remanded. The prosecution argues they are at risk of fleeing.
Because of the racketeering convictions, Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson could face up to 20 years in federal prison. That was a key conviction for the prosecution, followed by the more detailed and specific extortion counts.
The U.S. Attorney's Office will hold a 3:30 p.m. press conference to address the verdicts.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing issued the following statement:
"I am pleased that this long trial has ended and we can finally put this negative chapter in Detroit's history behind us. It is time for all of us to move forward with a renewed commitment to transparency and high ethical standards in our city government."
Judge says verdicts were reached on Friday
Judge Nancy Edmunds, who read the verdicts, reiterated that the jury informed her last Friday they had a verdict and wanted to sleep on it over the weekend. She was in early on Monday to discuss it with them.
Edmunds says she didn't know what the verdict was, only that they wanted to sleep on it.
"I have a lot of respect for the integrity of this jury," she said.
Edmunds said the process of inviting the alternates was not unique to this case. They got the call Monday morning to come to the courtroom. When jury told judge on Friday they had reached a verdict, she told them not to tell anyone. Edmunds says jury was a little late Monday morning because of a protest on the Lodge Freeway.
Edmunds also said she can think of two or three times when a jury has asked to sleep on it, which has a major impact on lives. She said she had a sense, based on questions they were asking, on how they were proceeding, but didn't overhear discussions.
She never had a sense there was a deadlock and always had a sense the jurors were working collaboratively. She felt confident they would reach verdicts on the majority of the charges.
The no consensus counts have no ruling of mistrial on them.
Jurors will not identify themselves.
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