DETROIT (WXYZ) - Bobby Ferguson asked US District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds to let him out of prison while he awaits sentencing on racketeering and other charges, which a jury found him guilty of last month.
In a court filing Wednesday, Ferguson says he should be let out of Milan Correctional Facility because he needs to find an attorney to represent him in another criminal case.
Last month, a jury found Ferguson and his friend, Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, guilty of racketeering, extortion, and other crimes. Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, was found guilty of a tax charge.
They are not expected to be sentenced until the summer.
Until then Ferguson says he needs to be let out of prison so he can find a new attorney to represent him in the bid-rigging case which ended in a hung jury last year. The feds plan to retry him later this year.
Attorney Gerald Evelyn represented Ferguson in the bid-rigging case and has withdrawn as his counsel.
Wednesday's filing says Ferguson cannot find a new attorney and communicate with them in private while locked up.
Federal prosecutors continue to oppose bond for Ferguson, citing his criminal history. They also say he is a flight risk.
Prosecutors also cited a fake 1999 driver's license as evidence that Ferguson cannot be trusted. But Wednesday's filing says that there is no evidence Ferguson ever used it.