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Tag: Kilpatrick Civic Fund

Prosecution in Ex-Detroit Mayor Case Rests: Defense Starts Its Offense With a Whimper

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — After 4 1/2 months and about 80 witnesses, the prosecution in the federal trial of the ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick rested Thursday morning, opening the door for the defense to begin calling witnesses in what’s expected to take less than two weeks.

But things didn’t go so great for the defense on its first day on the offense.

Jim Thomas, Kilpatrick’s attorney, called to the stand forensic accountant Gary Leeman, an expert in non-profits, who appeared to be more of a help to the prosecution than the defense.

During cross examination, Leeman laughed when prosecutor Mike Bullotta asked if yoga lessons for Kilpatrick would have been a legit expense from the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a non-profit fund created to help the community.

“I would highly doubt that that would be proper,” he said laughing a bit. “Not even close.”

It was obviously something Thomas would have preferred not to hear from his own witness.

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Disgraced Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Pleads Poverty: Gets Fed Court Appointed Attorney

Appointed Atty. James Thomas/law firm photo

Appointed Atty. James Thomas/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Disgraced ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who lived the good life on the outside, is getting a federally court-appointed attorney after pleading poverty Tuesday during his arraignment on federal corruption charges in Detroit, the Detroit News reported.

The News reported that Kilpatrick, clad in a jail suit, said “that is correct” when U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer asked if he couldn’t afford to hire an attorney.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Federal Defenders Office made one of  Kilpatrick’s attorneys  James Thomas, the court-appointed attorneys. Thomas is a well-known defense lawyer who has appeared in many high profile cases in U.S. District Court in Detroit over the years.

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

Thomas, who was in court, told the judge Kilpatrick has no funds, the News reported.

Kilpatrick is currently serving a state prison term for violating probation and hiding assets that should have went to help pay $1 million in restitution to the city. He had served a jail term for lying on the stand during a whistleblower lawsuit in state court.

The latest charges in federal court include allegations that he spent money donated to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund on travel, yoga lessons and other personal expenses.