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Convicted Detroit Mayor asks for public funds for appeal

The attorney for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted of 24 counts of racketeering, extortion, mail fraud, and tax evasion, et al in March of 2013, has asked for additional public funds for Kilpatrick's appeal. Kilpatrick's defense fees have already totaled over $1 million. This does not include the costs of the prosecution.

Kwame Kilpatrick
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The additional funds were requested for the purpose of hiring an additional attorney at a total cost of $24,000. According to the filed request, the trial transcripts and exhibits are extremely large.

The evidence presented at trial was voluminous. There was testimony from approximately 92 witnesses. There are 83 volumes of trial testimony in addition to 50+ additional transcripts of motion hearings, pretrial and status conferences, and numerous sealed transcripts. It is believed that trial transcripts include approximately 11,931 pages, and non-trial transcripts include approximately 713 pages. In addition, it appears approximately 1,200 exhibits were admitted at trial.

Kilpatrick was been ordered to pay restitution to the Federal and Wayne County governments of over $5 million. He is currently serving 28 years in Federal prison, from which there is no parole.

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