McPhail expected to testify for Kilpatrick today

Sharon McPhail

Sharon McPhail

Former City Councilwoman Sharon McPhail was spotted inside federal court today and is expected to testify as a witness for her former boss/nemesis, ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The News first broke the story about McPhail being subpoenaed by Kilpatrick’s defense team.

She has a tangled relationship with Kilpatrick.

She ran against Kilpatrick in 2005, lost and later became his general counsel and a vocal defender.

McPhail once called Kilpatrick a thug and suggested he had someone rig her electric chair massager to shock her.

Her selection sheds light on the type of witnesses the former mayor is counting on to avoid a 20-year prison sentence in the federal racketeering case.

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