Team Kilpatrick lawyer surfaces in Illinois political scandal

Attorney Dan Webb, second from left, addresses the court as Kwame Kilpatrick, center, is arraigned on perjury charges in District Court in Detroit on March 25, 2008. He later was sentenced to four months in jail.

Another member of Kwame Kilpatrick’s crisis crew has resurfaced in a high-profile scandal.

Dan Webb, the big-bucks Chicago criminal defense lawyer who helped defend Kilpatrick against perjury charges in 2008, is negotiating a potential plea deal for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., according to the Chicago Tribune.

Webb is a former U.S. attorney who also defended Illinois Gov. George Ryan against corruption charges. He headed Kilpatrick’s legal team at a time when taxpayers weren’t forced to foot the bill.

Instead, Kilpatrick tapped his campaign war chest, paying Webb’s firm $233,512.

By way of comparison, defense costs in the City Hall racketeering case could top $1 million, legal experts estimated.

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