Corruption trial opens for ex-Detroit mayor

10:51 AM, Sep 21, 2012   |    comments
Kwame Kilpatrick appears in Wayne County Circuit Court for a sentencing in 2008. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
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DETROIT -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick 's corruption trial began Friday in federal court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow gave jurors a 40-minute overview of the case, describing Kilpatrick as a modest state lawmaker who became rich after becoming mayor in 2002.

Chutkow says Kilpatrick was elected as a young and enthusiastic public servant, but that he then began living a much better lifestyle than the people he served. The lawyer described a luxurious lifestyle funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks Kilpatrick received during his nearly seven years in office.

Kilpatrick is charged with racketerring conspiracy, extortion, bribery and other crimes. His father, Bernard Kilpatrick, is also on trial along with the former mayor's pal, Bobby Ferguson, and Detroit's former water boss.

(Associated Press)

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