FILE -- In a May 25, 2010 file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick listens as Judge David Groner sentences him to one-and-a-half to five years in prison for violating the terms of his probation on an obstruction of justice conviction. Kilpatrick walked free from a state prison early Tuesday Aug. 2, 2011 after serving just over a year. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
DETROIT (AP) -- A federal judge has refused to acquit or grant new trials to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father and a city contractor.
The decision Thursday clears the way for Kilpatrick's sentence for corruption on Sept. 3.
Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson were convicted in March of a sweeping scheme to enrich themselves through fixed contracts, bribes and kickbacks. Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, was convicted of a tax crime.
Kwame Kilpatrick appeared in court Thursday. He and Ferguson have been in custody since being found guilty in March. Ferguson will be sentenced on Sept. 4.