Ex-Detroit mayor's trial halts for lawyer's illness

Gerald Evelyn, who represents Bobby Ferguson, carried out of courtroom on stretcher

DETROIT - A federal judge has recessed ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's corruption trial after a defense lawyer became ill in court.

Gerald Evelyn represents co-defendant and contractor Bobby Ferguson. He was cross-examining a witness Monday when he became ill and was wheeled out of the courtroom on a stretcher.

Judge Nancy Edmunds then halted the proceedings. Evelyn was conscious as he was taken away. He's in stable condition at an area hospital.

"Our hopes and prayers are with him," said Kilpatrick attorney Jim Thomas.

--Evelyn, far left, walking into federal court in Detroit

The defendants in the trial include Kilpatrick, Ferguson, Kilpatrick's father Bernard and ex-Detroit water chief Victor Mercado.

Kilpatrick faces tax, conspiracy, fraud, extortion and bribery charges.  

Kilpatrick was elected mayor in 2001. The married mayor resigned in 2008, pleading guilty to obstructing justice for lying about having sex with Beatty.

He served 14 months in prison for violating probation in that case.

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