Jury selection opens in former Detroit mayor's corruption trial
Jury selection began on Thursday in the trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was elected in 2001 as a bright hope to reverse the city's decades of decline but now faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of federal corruption charges.
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#1 Sep 6, 2012
Kwame has at least two law firms dedicated to studying the evidence. The prosecution has a phalanx of experts reviewing a pick-up load of documents. What are the prospects of presenting this evidence to 12 jurors in a few short hours per day and having them ALL understand it?
The trial will be so long that jurors could get sick.(They surely will get sick of each other.) They could run out of alternates. Rinse and repeat.
What if Bernard gets a headache? Is everything on hold?
Nobody is doing 30 years over this. In my opinion the fed may have been better off to break off individual criminal acts that would be easily proved and understood rather than this "criminal enterprise" charge that requires a much higher level of proof and complexity.
#2 Sep 6, 2012
Detroit has a chance to show they really care about the crooks in Government and send this away for a long time....However I have my doubts they will step up and do that
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