Jury Convicts Kwame Kilpatrick, ex-Detroit Mayor of Corruption

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Kwame Kilpatrick was the 68th Mayor of Detroit

He was in office from January 1, 2002 – September 18, 2008

DETROIT (AP) -- A jury has convicted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on corruption charges after a five-month trial that portrayed him as a greedy politician who took bribes, fixed contracts and lived far beyond his salary.

The verdict is another defeat for the man who left office in 2008 amid an unrelated scandal involving sexually explicit text messages and an affair with an aide.

Kilpatrick was convicted Monday. The government said Kilpatrick rigged city contracts to help his buddy Bobby Ferguson, and then got a share of the spoils. Witnesses said Kilpatrick got bribes and kickbacks from his political fundraiser and a convention center contractor. He was also accused of tapping a nonprofit fund for personal use.

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