Detroit — Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick canned his taxpayer-funded lawyer Thursday after saying their relationship was destroyed, a move that will delay sentencing in the City Hall corruption case.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds appointed another member of Kilpatrick’s legal team, Harold Gurewitz, to handle pre-sentencing matters. Gurewitz is a veteran defense attorney who in the 1980s represented another embattled politician during a federal corruption investigation, Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young.
The move marked an end to a longtime relationship between Kilpatrick and Thomas, who defended the disgraced mayor through several scandals, including a six-month corruption trial and a $150 million civil suit filed by the family of slain stripper Tamara “Strawberry” Greene.
“I’m not offended,” Thomas told reporters outside federal court. “Defense lawyers have to have broad shoulders and thick skin — though my shoulders are not as broad as Mr. Kilpatrick’s.”
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