Juror removed from trial of former Detroit mayor

Juror No. 4 replaced by alternate after having trouble staying awake

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DETROIT - A juror has been removed from the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick one day after apparently dozing off during testimony.

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds on Tuesday announced the dismissal of the juror, a woman. She was replaced by a man who was among the alternate jurors.

The jury now has eight women and four men.

Kilpatrick, whose mother is former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, was elected mayor in 2001. He resigned in 2008 and pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by lying in a civil case about having sex with an aide. He subsequently served 14 months in prison for violating his probation in that case.

Kilpatrick's pal Bobby Ferguson, Kilpatrick's father and Detroit's former water boss are also on trial.

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