Attorney: Kwame Kilpatrick hurts his knee, should be released

Kwame Kilpatrick hurts his knee, should be released from prison, attorney says

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Bobby Ferguson (left) and Kwame Kilpatrick (right) walk into federal court in 2012. Bobby Ferguson (left) and Kwame Kilpatrick (right) walk into federal court in 2012.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

An attorney for Kwame Kilpatrick says his client has suffered a serious knee injury behind bars and is asking the court to release the former Detroit mayor prior to his formal sentencing in a public corruption trial.

Lawyer Jim Thomas didn't go into details in court documents filed Tuesday, but he did say Kilpatrick has not been allowed to see a doctor and hasn't been given enough pain medication.

"As an additional relevant factor, it appears as if Mr. Kilpatrick has re-injured his knee very seriously," Thomas wrote. "His requests for medical treatment over the past weeks at Milan Detention Center have not yet been met in any meaningful way."

Kilpatrick has been detained in the federal prison since being convicted on numerous corruption charges March 11.

Since then, he has asked the courts to be released on bond prior to his upcoming sentence hearing.

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