Kilpatrick case jumps ahead as defense attorney recovers

Hold that thought.

The injuries suffered by Bobby Ferguson defense attorney Susan Van Dusen have prompted an abrupt shift in the Kwame Kilpatrick public corruption trial today.

Van Dusen had been questioning Kathleen McCann on Monday when, during  a break, Van Dusen fell and suffered facial injuries.  She will not be in court today as she continues her recovery, said fellow defense attorney James C. Thomas, who represents Kwame Kilpatrick.

Instead, federal prosecutors are expected to begin a new chapter in the case, raising questions about a city recreation contract.

McCann, a former executive of Soave Enterprises, an alleged extortion victim of Ferguson and Kilpatrick, will return later to finish questions, Thomas said.

Mike Wilkinson
Mike has been a reporter at The Detroit News since 2006.