Jurors done with Day 14 of deliberations, still no verdict in Kilpatrick corruption trial
10:24 AM, Mar 8, 2013
5:36 PM, Mar 8, 2013
(WXYZ) - After 14 days of deliberations – the jury in the Kilpatrick corruption case still has not reached a verdict.
The jury continued to ask for several exhibits this week as they poured over the evidence from the 5-month long Kilpatrick corruption trial.
Eight women and four men are deciding the fate of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick, and his friend Bobby Ferguson.
They're accused of running a criminal enterprise out of city hall.
After 14 days of deliberations and only two official questions from the jury – many have started to wonder what's taking so long.
"They're deliberately going thru the evidence piece by piece and it appears as if they're doing their job in the way it's supposed to be done. We couldn't expect anything more," Kilpatrick's lawyer Jim Thomas told 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo.
The former mayor's presence inside federal court on Wednesday briefly sparked rumors that a verdict may possibly be imminent – but it was only a routine visit as part of his bond in the federal case.
"He was visiting pretrial services. And I'm sure he was checking in there as he does periodically as a requirement of his bond," said Thomas.
As deliberations drag on into a 4th week – Kilpatrick's attorney says all the former mayor can do is wait.
"He is in the office, most days for at least half the day, and obviously we have no place else to go we're tethered pretty close to the court ourselves," said Thomas.
Stay with 7 Action News and wxyz.com for the very latest on the deliberations and the verdict.
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