Testimony ends in former Detroit mayor’s trial
DETROIT (AP) — Testimony has ended after nearly 70 days in the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick offered no new witnesses today. His buddy, contractor Bobby Ferguson, summoned two people to the witness chair to say he spent millions on equipment and insurance. It’s an effort to show that Ferguson had a legitimate construction business.
Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and Ferguson told the judge they won’t testify in their own defense.
Closing arguments are set for Monday in Detroit federal court. The Kilpatricks and Ferguson are charged with a broad scheme to enrich themselves by fixing contracts and pressuring businesses to pay bribes.
Kwame Kilpatrick is also charged with tax crimes and other offenses. He quit the mayor’s office in 2008 in an unrelated scandal.