Kwame Kilpatrick Wants Corruption Appeal Footed by Taxpayers

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Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 08:39 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Kwame Kilpatrick, the ex-Detroit mayor who was slapped with a 28-year prison sentence in October for public corruption, is asking taxpayers to front the $24,000 bill for a second lawyer to help bolster his appeal.

That's in addition to the $1.1 million that's already been spent to defend Kilpatrick and his father, Bernard, against various corruption and tax crime charges.

Attorney Harold Gurewitz filed a motion Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit requesting an assistant with a $24,000 price tag (or $80 per hour for up to 300 hours) to help pore over the lengthy trial transcripts and craft an appeal.

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"The evidence presented at trial was voluminous," Gurewitz said in the motion, according to MLive.com. "There was testimony from approximately 92 witnesses. There are 83 volumes of trial testimony in addition to 50-plus additional transcripts of motion hearings, pretrial, and status conferences, and numerous sealed transcripts. It is believed that trial transcripts include approximately 11,931 pages, and non-trial transcripts include approximately 713 pages. In addition, it appears approximately 1,200 exhibits were admitted at trial."

The money would go toward hiring Jason Eggert, a 2011 graduate of Wayne State University School of Law, according to MLive.com.

Kwame Kilpatrick, 43, served as mayor of Detroit from 2002 until 2008. He was found guilty in March of 24 counts of racketeering conspiracy, extortion, bribery, and tax evasion, and was sentenced to 28 years in prison in October.

Bernard Kilpatrick, his father, was convicted of tax crimes.

Kwame Kilpatrick is currently serving his time at a medium-security federal prison in El Reno, Okla. He reportedly owes more than $5 million in restitution payments to the federal government and Wayne County.

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