Detroit — A federal judge refused to grant new trials Thursday to former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and city contractor Bobby Ferguson or acquit them of corruption charges.
In a 42-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said there was sufficient evidence for the jury to convict the men of racketeering conspiracy and other charges “beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Kilpatrick and Ferguson were quickly handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom by deputy U.S. Marshals, bound for the federal prison in Milan where they are being held until sentencing next month. But not before Kilpatrick turned to an unidentified female friend in the gallery and tapped his chest near his heart.
The judge’s order removes one last obstacle ahead of sentencings for Kilpatrick, his father, Bernard, and Ferguson, all of whom were found guilty by a diverse jury in March following a five-month trial. Edmunds also refused to acquit Bernard Kilpatrick of a single tax charge.
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