Convicted felon Bobby Ferguson asks to be let out of prison to find a new attorney fo another case

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Attorney Gerald Evelyn represented Ferguson in the bid-rigging case and has withdrawn as his counsel.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.     

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