Jury selection begins today in Kilpatrick corruption case

Jury selection begins today in Kilpatrick corruption case

Posted: Updated:
Kwame Kilpatrick  (Credit: MyFox Detroit) Kwame Kilpatrick (Credit: MyFox Detroit)
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (MyFox Detroit) -

Jury selection in the corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is entering an important stage as candidates appear in court for interviews.

Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds and four defense attorneys will ask questions starting Thursday. The potential jurors will not be identified by name in court.

"Picking the jury, Charlie, is probably one of the most important aspects of any criminal trial.  I mean, it's everything," said Mike Rataj, attorney for Bobby Ferguson.

What type of juror would Kwame Kilpatrick want?

"Someone who hasn't prejudged the case.  Someone that can resist the barrage of all the pre-trial publicity that's going on around this case.  Someone who understands the presumption of innocence," Rataj said.

What type of juror would the government want?

"A compliant person.  A person that respects authority," said jury consultant Stephen Hnat.

A pool of 447 potential jurors were asked to fill out a questionnaire of 122 questions.  Many of those questions had to do with race.

From the 477 potential jurors, 252 were dismissed by the judge, some because they had previous commitments, but many because they just couldn't be fair.  The remaining 225 jurors will be whittled down to twelve final jurors and six alternates.

The only time Kwame Kilpatrick came face to face with a jury was back in 2007 when he was mayor.  The jury was only out about three hours when they came back and hit the city for $6.5 million.

However, that was a civil trial.  This is a criminal trial, and Kilpatrick doesn't even have to take the stand.  Nevertheless, jurors have a way of sizing up the body language even if the criminal defendant doesn't testify.

"At the end of the day will say to themselves and will be comfortable saying to themselves, yeah, they may be guilty, but I'm not going to let the government get away with this," said Hnat.

"Do I know what a juror's thinking?  Every time I try a case, no I don't.  I'm not clairvoyant, Charlie.  Geez, I wish I was," Rataj said.

  • Charlie LangtonCharlie LangtonMore>>

  • Rally held to stop the violence in Inkster following shooting

    Rally held to stop the violence in Inkster following shooting

    Monday, July 7 2014 12:58 AM EDT2014-07-07 04:58:10 GMT
    They rallied to stop the violence in Inkster Sunday after a triple shooting that claimed a two year old girl's life. Her father and a 12-year-old girl are still recovering from gunshot wounds and two suspects are in custody.
    They rallied to stop the violence in Inkster Sunday after a triple shooting that claimed a two year old girl's life. Her father and a 12-year-old girl are still recovering from gunshot wounds and two suspects are in custody.
  • Teenager injured by hit and run driver

    Teenager injured by hit and run driver

    Monday, July 7 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-07-07 04:13:59 GMT
    A hit and run driver sends a teenager to the hospital. The boy has serious injuries and the driver is still out there.
    A hit and run driver sends a teenager to the hospital. The boy has serious injuries and the driver is still out there.
  • Man set free amid serial bank robbery charges

    Man set free amid serial bank robbery charges

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-03 01:11:05 GMT
    CENTER LINE, Mich. (WJBK)-- Glynn Jones, Jr. was let go from jailtoday as judge determined he was not responsible forfive bank robberies across metro Detroit.Jones looked similar to a man who was caught on surveillance video robbing a PNC Bank in Center Line and whom police believed robbed several other banks in the area. Despite passing a polygraph test, Jones spent 10 days in jail before being released today."No evidence, no evidence of money, no evidence of clothing, no fingerprints, nothi...
    CENTER LINE, Mich. (WJBK)-- Glynn Jones, Jr. was let go from jailtoday as judge determined he was not responsible forfive bank robberies across metro Detroit.Jones looked similar to a man who was caught on surveillance video robbing a PNC Bank in Center Line and whom police believed robbed several other banks in the area. Despite passing a polygraph test, Jones spent 10 days in jail before being released today."No evidence, no evidence of money, no evidence of clothing, no fingerprints, nothi...
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Two arrested after federal agent shootout in Highland Park

    Two arrested after federal agent shootout in Highland Park

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-08-02 00:29:20 GMT
    In what started as a traffic stop, resulted in a shootout between federal agents and a pair of men known to have illegal assault rifles in Highland Park.Police say a task force of ATF and FBI agents who had previously set up a meet with two men, known to have AK-47s and AR-15s in their Chevrolet Cavalier, began to move in. The traffic stop was made near Oakland and Victor about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The car rammed the federal agents vehicle and the driver opened fire with a handgun. The agents re...
    In what started as a traffic stop, resulted in a shootout between federal agents and a pair of men known to have illegal assault rifles in Highland Park.Police say a task force of ATF and FBI agents who had previously set up a meet with two men, known to have AK-47s and AR-15s in their Chevrolet Cavalier, began to move in. The traffic stop was made near Oakland and Victor about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The car rammed the federal agents vehicle and the driver opened fire with a handgun. The agents re...
  • New DTE app lets users check their energy use

    New DTE app lets users check their energy use

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:59:24 GMT
    Joel Miller, a senior strategist with DTE Energy, gave us some insight -- on DTE insight. The new, free smart phone app helps customers see their energy use hour by hour -- or minute by minute."By studying your data and by looking around your home you can discover what things are using energy," Miller said. Then, you make choices -- replace appliances or physically turn off whatever's not needed -- or is wasting energy, and save money on your energy bill in the process."I think for a lot of u...
    Joel Miller, a senior strategist with DTE Energy, gave us some insight -- on DTE insight. The new, free smart phone app helps customers see their energy use hour by hour -- or minute by minute."By studying your data and by looking around your home you can discover what things are using energy," Miller said. Then, you make choices -- replace appliances or physically turn off whatever's not needed -- or is wasting energy, and save money on your energy bill in the process."I think for a lot of u...
  • Backyard Bliss: The Brown family's backyard

    Backyard Bliss: The Brown family's backyard

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:07:48 GMT
    Living is easy in the summertime, and some of the very best times are often found right in our own backyard.
    Living is easy in the summertime, and some of the very best times are often found right in our own backyard.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices