DETROIT – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted Monday of corruption charges, ensuring a return to prison for a man once among the nation's youngest big-city leaders.
Jurors convicted Kilpatrick of a raft of crimes, including a
racketeering conspiracy charge. He was portrayed during a five-month
trial as an unscrupulous politician who took bribes, rigged contracts
and lived far beyond his means while in office until fall 2008.
Prosecutors said Kilpatrick ran a "private profit machine" out of
Detroit's City Hall. The government presented evidence to show he got a
share of the spoils after ensuring that Bobby Ferguson's excavating
company was awarded millions in work from the water department. (Continues)