Ferguson's longtime lawyer Gerald Evelyn withdraws from upcoming bid-rigging case
Feds drop one charge, add a new gun count
5:05 PM, Mar 22, 2013
7:36 PM, Mar 22, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - The longtime lawyer for convicted city contractor Bobby Ferguson has withdrawn as his attorney for an upcoming bid-rigging case.
Gerald Evelyn's exit was disclosed in a court filing today, but a reason for his departure was not provided. Evelyn tells 7 Action News that he is still Ferguson's lawyer in the Kilpatrick Corruption Case, and they still have an excellent relationship. Evelyn says he's just not available for the bid-rigging case.
The bid-rigging case, set to re-tried in a few weeks, went to trial originally last summer but ended in a hung jury. Ferguson and two former business associates are accused of devising a bid-rigging scheme to steer Ferguson millions of dollars in city work.
Meanwhile, a third superseding indictment on Ferguson was unsealed Friday. Federal prosecutors dropped a charge of structuring monetary transactions, which the jury voted 10-1 not guilty on in the first mistrial. But prosecutors added a felon in possession of a firearm charge.
Earlier this month, Ferguson was found guilty of racketeering, bribery, and extortion along with former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
During the five-month Kilpatrick criminal trial, Evelyn suffered a heart ailment that sidelined him for two weeks and delayed the trial.