Ill Detroit lawyer returns to Kilpatrick corruption trial

Bobby Ferguson, left, outside federal court with attorney Gerald Evelyn, right.

Bobby Ferguson’s lawyer Gerald Evelyn returned to federal court Tuesday, two weeks after falling ill and prompting a hiatus in the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial.

Evelyn was seated at the defense table alongside his client, waiting for jurors to enter the courtroom.

“Mr. Evelyn, how nice to see you back,” U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds told him.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds

Evelyn apologized.

“There is nothing to apologize for,” the judge said. “Just glad you’re doing better.”

When jurors return, Edmunds is expected to address co-defendant Victor Mercado’s absence from the corruption trial. He struck a plea deal with prosecutors last week but it is unclear whether jurors will be told about the deal.

Edmunds and lawyers involved in the case are reviewing a prepthat will be read to jurors explaining Mercado’s absence.

Robert Snell

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