Judge orders Kwame Kilpatrick to appear in court

DETROIT - The judge in the Kilpatrick Corruption Case has ordered Detroit's former mayor to appear in court later this month. 

The notice to appear for only Kwame Kilpatrick (and not his co-defendants) comes one day after Kilpatrick filed his own motion for a new trial. 

He signed the motion, In Pro Se, essentially saying that he's representing himself on that court filing.

In the motion, Kilpatrick argued that among other things, he was denied his right to effective assistance of counsel. 

The former mayor said that because his lawyer had previously represented one of the witnesses in the FBI's investigation into city hall corruption, that "the communication and trust between" lawyer Jim Thomas and Kilpatrick "was completely destroyed."

In March, a jury convicted Kilpatrick on racketeering, bribery, mail fraud, and tax charges.  A sentencing date has not been set, but Kilpatrick could face 20 years or more time behind bars. 

Jim Thomas tells 7 Action News that he is still Kilpatrick's attorney of record in the case.  Judge Nancy Edmunds set the status conference with Kilpatrick for May 23 at 10:30 am.

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