Jury selection begins next week in federal trial against former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick is accused of running criminal enterprise while mayor of Detroit

By Kevin Dietz - Reporter


Next week, 400 prospective jurors will arrive at federal court to fill out questionnaires.

From that group, 12 people eventually will be selected to decide if the former mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, was running a criminal enterprise with family and friends which included taking cash bribes, kick backs, vacations, private jets and more in exchange for getting contracts in the city.

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The crimes carry a 20-year prison penalty if convicted. Kilpatrick and prosecutors will be going over prospective jurors very closely.

Kilpatrick's trial expected to start in September

The opening statements are expected to being Sept. 14. Then, dozens, if not hundreds, of witnesses will be called to testify.

The trial is expected to take 3 or 4 months, meaning jurors may be spending Thanksgiving, Christmas and the new year close to the courthouse.

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Kwame Kilpatrick said he plans to speak extensively with media in Detroit before the trial begins to get his side of the story out.

Prospective jurors will arrive Wednesday at federal court to fill out questionnaires.

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