Jurors in Kilpatrick corruption trial done with deliberations for the day

(WXYZ) - The jury in the Kilpatrick corruption trial has finished its seventh day of deliberations.

On Wednesday, the jurors did ask to see more exhibits from the 5-month-long trial.  Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick, and his friend Bobby Ferguson are accused of running a criminal enterprise out of city hall.

Eight women and four men are weighing 33 different charges against what federal prosecutors have dubbed "Kilpatrick Incorporated."

 

On Tuesday, the judge called all of the lawyers in the case back into court to answer a question from the jury. The jurors wrote a note, asking the court to clarify some information regarding the RICO count and other charges in the indictment.

Bernard Kilpatrick's lawyer John Shea says no one should read anything into what the jury is asking.  He also says not to jump to conclusions based on how long deliberations are taking.

"The length of time is meaningless. The length of time is directly related to the amount of material that they have to go through in order to process the case.  Listen, they've been here for five months too.  And nobody wants to spend that much time being drafted into a process like this and then not give it the attention it deserves," said Shea.

 

Stay with 7 Action News – we have crews standing by at the federal courthouse, and we'll bring you the verdict as soon as the jury makes its decision.

 

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