DETROIT FREE PRESS: Kwame Kilpatrick Guilty Of Racketeering Conspiracy, Extortion

Source: Tresa Baldas & Jim Schaefer / Detroit Free Press

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his longtime contractor friend Bobby Ferguson were convicted of racketeering and extortion this morning, marking an end to a more than decade-long public corruption investigation.

The ex-mayor’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick, who was convicted on one tax charge, was asked whether he believes the jury got it wrong.

“Absolutely,” he said, before being whisked away in a red Ford Mustang a few minutes after his son left the courthouse. His son declined to comment.

Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of 30 counts, including five counts of extortion, racketeering, bribery and several mail, wire and tax fraud charges. On three counts, he was found not guilty, and on three no verdict was reached.

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