DETROIT NEWS: Kwame Kilpatrick Says He Can’t Get A Fair Trial In Detroit

Source: Orlandar Brand-WIlliams, and Joel Kurth / The Detroit News

Detroit — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says he “never stole a damn dime in my life from anyone” but can’t get a fair trial in Detroit.

Kilpatrick told a gathering of journalists Thursday the city is “too emotionally charged” to seat an unbiased jury in his September racketeering case because he’s been demonized as the source of the city’s problems.

“I’d be better off if you just take me down and hang me from that fist downtown,” Kilpatrick told about 125 journalists during a nearly two-hour interview at the St. Regis Hotel in Midtown.

The comment came toward the end of a freewheeling discussion with the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. Kilpatrick also said his successor, Mayor Dave Bing, is “detached from the community,” and Kilpatrick took the blame for the re-election defeat of his mother, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, in 2010.

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