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Fri February 15, 2013
Jury gets corruption case of former Detroit mayor
DETROIT (AP) - After a five-month trial, jurors have the corruption case of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
But the judge says formal deliberations won't start until Tuesday, at the jury's request. Monday is a public holiday
Prosecutor Mark Chutkow had the final word, giving a blistering rebuttal to the closing remarks of defense lawyers. He says Kilpatrick engaged in "breathtaking" corruption that robbed Detroiters of honest government.
Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and construction contractor Bobby Ferguson are accused of widespread corruption through bribery and extortion. The Kilpatricks are also charged with tax crimes.
The prosecutor displayed a chart to show jurors the large spikes in cash deposits when Kilpatrick was mayor. Chutkow called it a "tidal wave of green."
Kwame Kilpatrick's lawyer says his client got cash gifts from supporters.