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After lunch on Friday, Jurors began to study their notes in the five-month trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
He was accused by the prosecution of extortion and bribery and in the closing remarks the prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow, said that Kilpatrick’s bank account swelled with a “tidal wave of green.”
They allege that Kilpatrick spent more than $800,000 beyond his salary whilst in office from 2002 to 2008.
Chutkow told jurors, “We cannot turn away and ignore the corruption that occurred in this city. It is time for the former mayor and his accomplices to be held accountable for their crimes — it is past time.” In a graph, Chutkow allowed the jurors to see it showed a major spike in Kilpatrick’s cash deposits after he was elected in 2001.