DETROIT (WKZO) -- It was a tumultuous effort, but a jury has finally been seated for the federal corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and three other defendants. The nine-woman, three man jury includes five African-Americans and a person of Hispanic descent. Race has been a key issue in the jury selection.
Defense attorneys insist that Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick, former contractor Bobby Ferguson and former Water Department head Victor Mercado cannot get a fair trial in the City of Detroit. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds will hear arguments tomorrow afternoon regarding moving the trial outside of the city.
Opening statements in the federal trial are expected on Friday.