DETROIT NEWS: Potential Juror Calls Kilpatrick ‘Corrupt,’ Remains In Pool

Source: Robert Snelland and Mike Wilson / The Detroit News

Detroit — Defense attorneys disagreed with a federal judge Monday morning over a potential juror, who admitted he felt former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was “corrupt” and a “liar.”

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds disallowed their objections and kept the man in the jury pool for the City Hall corruption case against Kilpatrick and three co-defendants.

Michael Rataj, an attorney for Bobby Ferguson, called the retired insurance salesman a “stealth juror” — a label given to prospective jurors who lie to get placed on a jury.

“Don’t you want to get on this jury to finish the job of the first jury?” Rataj asked the man, referring to the hung jury in Ferguson’s recent bid-rigging trial.

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