Detroit's former mayor faces corruption trial
In a Sept. 6, 2012 photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walks to federal court on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 in Detroit with attorney Jim Thomas. Opening statements are set for Friday, Sept. 21. Kilpatrick, his father Bernard, former city water boss Victor Mercado and Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson are accused of a sweeping corruption scheme. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT / David Coates
Kilpatrick is accused of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, kickbacks and other favors. He was forced out of office in 2008 in a different scandal involving obstruction of justice and sexually explicit text messages.
The trial opens Friday. Defense lawyers claimed intense media coverage could be too much for the jury, but Judge Nancy Edmunds says the trial stays in Detroit.
Kilpatrick, his father, Bernard, and two others are charged with racketeering conspiracy and other crimes.
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