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Kwame Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson found guilty of charges (video)

  • Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
  • Published in RTM News Reel

The verdict is in on the charges against Detroit’s former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick and Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson ... and the news is not good. Both the former mayor and his friend and supporter Ferguson, have been found guilty on an overwhelming number of charges of conspiracy, extortion, fraud, tax evasion and misuse of government funds.

Prosecutors are apparently elated about the guilty verdicts for Kilpatrick and Ferguson, although the elder Kilpatrick who faced only four counts of misdoing was found not guilty on two counts and the jury was hung on the third count, having been found guilty of one count of tax evasion. Insiders speculate that Bernard Kilpatrick was not an active participant in his son’s criminal enterprise, known as Kilpatrick, Inc.

The guilty verdicts bring to a close a tragic and dark period for Detroit’s citizens who have endured the years-long and arduous process of putting the political disgrace of the one-time political prodigy behind them.

Jurors convicted Kilpatrick of a legthy list of crimes, including a racketeering conspiracy charge. During the five-month trial Kilpatrick's already tarnished image, took even moe of a beating as he emerged as an arrogrant and unremorseful 'politrician' who took bribes, rigged contracts and lived far beyond his means while in office until fall 2008.

Following is a list of charges and verdicts against former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick and co-conspirator Bobby Ferguson

Count 1: Racketeering Conspiracy
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 1: Racketeering Conspiracy
BOBBY FERGUSON    
GUILTY    
    
Count 1: Racketeering Conspiracy
BERNARD KILPATRICK
No verdict reached    
    
Count 2: Extortion - Sewer Lining Contract
BOBBY FERGUSON
GUILTY
    
Count 2: Extortion - Sewer Lining Contract
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
    
Count 3: Extortion- Amendment to Sewer Lining Contract
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 3: Extortion- Amendment to Sewer Lining Contract
BOBBY FERGUSON    
GUILTY

Count 4: Extortion - Baby Creek/Patton Park
KWAME KILPATRICK    
GUILTY

Count 4: Extortion - Baby Creek/Patton Park
BOBBY FERGUSON
GUILTY

Count 5: Attempted Extortion, Oakwood Pump Station
KWAME KILPATRICK    
GUILTY
    
Count 5: Attempted Extortion, Oakwood Pump Station
BOBBY FERGUSON
GUILTY
    
Count 7: Extortion - Outfalls Contract
KWAME KILPATRICK
No consensus    
    
Count 7: Extortion - Outfalls Contract
BOBBY FERGUSON
GUILTY
        
Count 8: Extortion - Asbestos Abatement
KWAME KILPATRICK
No consensus

Count 8: Extortion - Asbestos Abatement
BOBBY FERGUSON
GUILTY
    
Count 9: Extortion - Repair of Eastside Water Mains
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
    
Count 9: Extortion - Repair of Eastside Water Mains
BOBBY FERGUSON
GUILTY

Count 10: Extortion - Eastside Sewer Repair
KWAME KILPATRICK
NOT GUILTY
    
Count 10: Extortion - Eastside Sewer Repair
BOBBY FERGUSON
NOT GUILTY

Count 15: Attempted Extortion, Sludge Contract
BERNARD KILPATRICK    
NOT GUILTY
    
Count 16: Bribery-$90,000 Bribe
KWAME KILPATRICK
No consensus

Count 16: Bribery - $90,000 Bribe
BOBBY FERGUSON    
GUILTY

Count 17: Bribery - $75,000 Bribe
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 17: Bribery - $75,000 Bribe
BOBBY FERGUSON
GUILTY

Count 18: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK    
GUILTY
    
Count 19: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
    
Count 20: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
    
Count 21: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
    
Count 22: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
    
Count 23: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 24: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
    
Count 25: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
        
Count 26: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 27: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
NOT GUILTY

Count 28: Mail Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 29: Wire Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
NOT GUILTY

Count 30: Wire Fraud
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 31: Subscribing False Tax Return
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 32: Subscribing False Tax Return
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 33: Subscribing False Tax Return
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 34: Subscribing False Tax Return
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
    
Count 35: Subscribing False Tax Return
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY
    
Count 36: Income Tax Evasion
KWAME KILPATRICK
GUILTY

Count 37: Subscribing False Tax Return
BERNARD KILPATRICK    
NOT GUILTY

Count 38: Subscribing False Tax Return
BERNARD KILPATRICK
GUILTY

 

Please stay tuned to the michiganchronicle.com for more details and regular updates.

Read more http://www.michronicleonline.com/index.php/2011-08-04-18-06-26/rss-feeds/189-breaking-news/10025-kwame-kilpatrick-bobby-ferguson-founf-guilty-of-charges

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