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Federal panel to hear ex-Detroit mayor's appeal

Nov 29, 2014

DETROIT  - A three-judge panel will hear former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's appeal for a new trial.

Kwame Kilpatrick

  Documents show oral arguments are scheduled for Jan. 13 before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

  Kilpatrick wants his corruption conviction overturned. He is serving a 28-year sentence at a federal prison after a jury last year convicted him of two dozen crimes, from tax evasion to bribery. He appealed, saying there was a conflict involving his attorneys, among other reasons.

  Kilpatrick's co-defendant and friend Bobby Ferguson also will have his appeal heard by the court.

  Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Goetz has said in a filing that Kilpatrick can't prove his defense lawyers had a conflict of interest. Goetz also says the court should affirm the 21-year sentence given to Ferguson, a contractor.