Robert Snell

Robert Snell

Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at or (313) 222-2028.

Kilpatrick pal Ferguson learns fate in federal court: 21 years

Bobby Ferguson will serve 21 years in prison for his role in a long-running pay-to-play scheme involving friend and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.  U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds handed down the sentence just after 11:30 a.m., but not before making a series of comments while Ferguson sat holding a Bible at the defense table.

Kwame Kilpatrick guilty on 24 counts; Bobby Ferguson on 9

Jurors convicted former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson of federal racketeering and other charges, but only convicted Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard, on one tax charge. The verdict was announced minutes into the 15th day of deliberations. The jury spent about 79 hours deliberating following a five-month trial in federal court.

No verdict after Day 11 of Kilpatrick deliberations

Jurors in the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial punched out this afternoon after failing to reach a verdict. So far, the jury has spent about 62 hours deliberating following a five-month trial. The former Detroit mayor, his father Bernard and contractor Bobby Ferguson face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of corruption charges.