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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Guilty of Racketeering, Extortion, Fraud - Report

  • Written by The Atlanta Daily World
  • Published in Atlanta

(CNN) -- A jury has reached a verdict in the public corruption case of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a federal court spokesman said Monday. Robert Snell, court reporter for the Detroit News, announced on Twitter that Kilpatrick had been found guilty of racketeering and multiple counts of extortion.

Kilpatrick is accused of running a criminal enterprise through the mayor's office to enrich himself through bid rigging and extortion, and using nonprofit funds for personal gain. Also charged in the case are his father and a friend.

The verdict is expected to be read at about 10:30 a.m. ET. It wasn't immediately clear whether the jury also had reached a verdict for the charges involving his father and the ex-mayor's friend.

Kilpatrick faces multiple charges -- including racketeering, conspiracy, bribery, extortion and fraud -- and could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Read more http://www.atlantadailyworld.com/201303114490/ADW-News/former-detroit-mayor-kwame-kilpatrick-guilty-of-racketeering-extortion

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