Victor Mercado http://michiganradio.org en Member of "Kilpatrick Enterprise" pleads guilty to conspiracy http://michiganradio.org/post/member-kilpatrick-enterprise-pleads-guilty-conspiracy <p> Detroit’s former water department head has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.</p><p>Victor Mercado had been a co-defendant in ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s ongoing public corruption case.</p><p>Mercado is one of the four people who, along with the former mayor, his longtime friend Bobby Ferguson, and father Bernard Kilpatrick, made up the alleged “Kilpatrick Enterprise.”</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:05:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9782 at http://michiganradio.org Member of "Kilpatrick Enterprise" pleads guilty to conspiracy Mercado pleads guilty in Kilpatrick corruption trial http://michiganradio.org/post/mercado-pleads-guilty-kilpatrick-corruption-trial <p><strong>12:21 p.m.</strong></p><p>More on Mercado's guilty plea from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The former head of Detroit's water department has pleaded guilty, six weeks into a corruption trial that also involves ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.</p><p>Victor Mercado's surprise guilty plea to conspiracy occurred Monday. The trial is in recess until next week because of a lawyer's illness.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 17:21:34 +0000 Mark Brush 9770 at http://michiganradio.org Lawyers upset over news story in Kilpatrick case http://michiganradio.org/post/lawyers-upset-over-news-story-kilpatrick-case <p>DETROIT (AP) - Defense lawyers in the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are objecting to news coverage and asking a judge to move the case out of town.</p><p>The attorneys cited a story Monday in the <a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012309170032">Detroit Free Press</a>. The newspaper said a juror in a recent trial involving Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson didn't disclose certain information about herself.</p><p>Ferguson's lawyer, Gerald Evelyn, said Tuesday that the story was an "outrage" and would intimidate jurors in the Kilpatrick case. Jury selection is expected to end this week.</p><p>Judge Nancy Edmunds says the story was distressing, but she isn't stopping jury selection. Free Press attorney Herschel Fink says the remarks by defense lawyers are "self-serving."</p><p>Kilpatrick is on trial with Ferguson, his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, and former water boss Victor Mercado. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:50:37 +0000 The Associated Press 9129 at http://michiganradio.org Lawyers upset over news story in Kilpatrick case