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By Victor Trammell Kwame Kilpatrick (pictured), former Mayor of Detroit declined the opportunity to testify in his own defense Wednesday at his corruption trial. The trial has lasted for 70 days and Wednesday marked the final day of the prosecution presenting evidence against Kilpatrick. At his trial, Kilpatrick told the presiding judge that he understood his right to testify in his own defense. However, Kilpatrick said that he would not take the opportunity to do so. Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick also passed on the opportunity to testify in defense of his son. Bobby Ferguson, a friend of the former mayor informed the court that he would not testify as well. Kwame Kilpatrick, his father, and Bobby Ferguson are federally charged with a slew of crimes that include taking kickbacks, organizing bribe schemes, and violating federal tax laws. An agent with the IRS recently testified that Kwame Kilpatrick spent $800,000 more than he made on his W-2 tax documents from 2003 to 2008. The last two witnesses at Wednesday’s trial hearing testified in defense of Ferguson and stated that he owned an operated a legitimate construction business. Kwame Kilpatrick’s lawyer, Michael Rataj predicted a victory for his client. “Otherwise, why would I get up in the morning and do this?” Rataj said. Kwame Kilpatrick declined to comment to reporters after wrapping up his day in court. However, his father Bernard Kilpatrick told reporters, “I feel a whole lot better than I did on day one.” The elder Kilpatrick gave no elaboration of his comment. Closing arguements in this case are scheduled for next Monday.  

Disgraced Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Didn’t Take The Stand At His Trial

Kwame KilpatrickBy Victor Trammell

Kwame Kilpatrick (pictured), former Mayor of Detroit declined the opportunity to testify in his own defense Wednesday at his corruption trial. The trial has lasted for 70 days and Wednesday marked the final day of the prosecution presenting evidence against Kilpatrick.

At his trial, Kilpatrick told the presiding judge that he understood his right to testify in his own defense. However, Kilpatrick said that he would not take the opportunity to do so. Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard Kilpatrick also passed on the opportunity to testify in defense of his son. Bobby Ferguson, a friend of the former mayor informed the court that he would not testify as well.

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  1. Wow Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick…what a waste of so many opportunities. The fact the you are not defending yourself against what people have charged you with explains so much. You are nothing but a poverty pimp or snake oil saleman probably taught these skills by the men close to you.
    Your behavior is unforgiveable from a city that was on the brink of economic crisis. You pushed the city of Detroit over the edge into an abyss of which will take years to recover from. You have leveraged the city of Detroit’s future for your own selfish and immediate gratification. While I think you will probably not be convicted as you should…you are still a LOSER and a JERK!!! I could care less of your IVY LEAGUE credentials. To me, you are an IVY LEAGUE criminal who deserves to suffer the same way you have forced the city of Detroit to suffer; in crisis, humiliated, tattered, broke, and unable to get on your feet for a long time.

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