Kwame Kilpatrick court filing: I tried to 'physically harm' my attorney

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-13 19:48:22-04

Kwame Kilpatrick says in a Memorandum of Law filed in federal court that he tried to assault his attorney during his criminal trial.

Kilpatrick writes, "On August 14, 2012,  after leaving the court, Movant <Kilpatrick> and trial counsel <attorney Jim Thomas> are involved in a heated quarrel, with bad language, threat and counter-threats. Movant moves to physically harm trial counsel. Trial counsel runs around the conference table in his office and threatens to call police. Trial counsel tells Movant "I'll have you thrown in jail for the rest of the trial." Defense team is present; Lawyers and Defendants. There was a complete breakdown of trust and communication between Movant and trial counsel."

The Memorandum has been filed in support of Kilpatrick's appeal. He is attempting to get his sentence thrown out.

As part of the appeal he is arguing that his relationship with Thomas became "broken" and that, because of that, he spent most of the trial without representation.

Kilpatrick is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence after being convicted on corruption charges.