Hearing offers insight into jury, progress in Kilpatrick case

A brief hearing Tuesday in the corruption trial offered insight into the jury and apparent progress made by the panel after approximately 28 hours of deliberations.

The jury foreman is one of four male jurors, according to U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds. There are eight women and four men in the jury, which includes five blacks and a Hispanic.

The jury appears to be closely scrutinizing the 38-count indictment against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and contractor Bobby Ferguson.

The jury’s question, which prompted today’s hearing, focused on the most serious count facing the trio, racketeering conspiracy, which is a 20-year felony.

Jurors also asked a question about one of the extortion charges, specifically count #7 — an apparent sign of progress made by the jury after deliberations that have spanned six days.

Jurors were dressed casually in jeans, pullovers and T-shirts, a noticeable shift from more formal attire during the five-month trial.

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