Kwame Kilpatrick's Sentencing Has Been Delayed

The former mayor's request to be released on bond until sentencing was denied.

Posted: 08/16/2013 11:49 AM EDT
Kwame Kilpatrick's Sentencing Has Been Delayed

Disgraced ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was denied a get out of jail card this week when the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request to be released on bond.

"We conclude that Kilpatrick has not shown by clear and convincing evidence that his release would not pose a risk of flight," the court wrote on Aug. 14, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Kilpatrick did win one court battle this week, however. On Thursday U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmonds agreed to move his sentencing hearing from Sept. 3 to Oct. 10.

Kilpatrick's longtime friend and alleged partner in crime, contractor Bobby Ferguson, who must remain behind bars until his sentencing, also will learn his fate that day.

Their attorneys expressed gratitude for the extra time to review pre-sentencing reports, trial transcripts and sentencing guidelines.

"We need to go over things with a fine-tooth comb. It's a daunting task," Mike Rataj, who is representing Ferguson, told the Free Press. "Our clients are entitled to a Mercedes-Benz representation."

Kilpatrick and Ferguson were convicted in March of charges related to fixed contracts, bribes and kickbacks. The former mayor's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was convicted of a tax crime and will be sentenced on Oct. 17.

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