Lawyer scolds Kilpatrick: 'Put your hands down and stop that'

Kwame Kilpatrick, who literally slept through parts of jury selection, is playing an active role in his defense — too active at times.

In court Tuesday, Kilpatrick spent time reading FBI memos, reviewing witness grand jury transcripts and suggesting questions for his lawyer, James C. Thomas. At times, Kilpatrick gestured wildly to emphasize a point.

At one point Tuesday, Thomas had enough.

“Put your hands down and stop that,” Thomas quietly scolded the former mayor.

On Tuesday, Kilpatrick clutched a copy of “365 Days of Faith.”

Not a bad choice when you’re facing possibility of up to 20 years in the slammer.


“Learn the importance of speaking confessions of faith and overcoming obstacles in your life. Fear will be a thing of the past and allow you to experience a happy, healthy and productive life.”

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