Kwame Kilpatrick files motion to vacate sentence, claims he tried to 'physically harm' his attorney

By Jermont Terry - Reporter , Amber Ainsworth

DETROIT - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is seeking to vacate his sentence based on a total of six new grounds, including what he calls “misrepresentation from his attorney.”

According to a motion to vacate filed Thursday, Kilpatrick said there were “breakdowns in communication and trust” that happened "before, during and even after the trial" between him and his attorney, Jim Thomas.

See the 38-page motion filed below.

According to the motion, Kilpatrick claimed that it got so bad that he tried to "physically harm" Thomas. He said at one meeting, he chased the attorney around the table and Thomas threatened to have him “thrown in jail for the rest of the trial."

Kilpatrick said the court didn’t allow him to get a new attorney, and he believes Thomas failed to represent him properly.

Thomas had no comment about the claims, but someone close to the defense said it never happened and called it a desperate attempt.

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