Prosecutors Fight Effort To Overturn Kilpatrick, Ferguson Convictions

Source: Robert Snell / The Detroit News

Detroit — Federal prosecutors fought an effort Friday to overturn the convictions of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and contractor Bobby Ferguson, arguing there was “overwhelming” evidence presented during the five-month City Hall corruption trial.

The corruption jury got it right, prosecutors argued, after hearing from almost 100 witnesses, reviewing more than 400 exhibits and spending 15 days of deliberation, prosecutors argued in a 63-page filing Friday in U.S. District Court.

Prosecutors responded to requests from Kilpatrick, Ferguson and the ex-mayor’s father Bernard for acquittals. Kwame Kilpatrick and Ferguson also asked for new trials.

The filing reads like the trial’s highlight reel as prosecutors recapped damning text messages and cited testimony from scores of witnesses about cash payoffs, bribes and extortion. Those witnesses included Grosse Pointe Farms tycoon Tony Soave, who testified about giving Kwame Kilpatrick more than $300,000 worth of free flights while pursuing city deals for the firm Inland Waters.

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