Kilpatrick jurors complain about bug bites inside federal court

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds

Jurors in the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial complained Wednesday about being bitten by bugs inside federal court.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds asked lawyers and defendants involved in the case if they also had been bitten by a “little biting insect.”

“Some of the jurors have had problems getting bitten by, maybe a fly, or jumping insect,” Edmunds said.

Edmunds had the jury room sprayed for insects following complaints.

Several people inside the judge’s courtroom started laughing.

“Sorry, I mean, I guess it’s funny,” the judge said. “At least you’re laughing about it.”

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