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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick again asks for new trial after initial request denied


DETROIT — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is asking again for a new trial.

A three-judge panel at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month upheld the corruption conviction and 28-year prison sentence for Kilpatrick. On Friday, his attorney filed a petition to have the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' entire bench in Cincinnati rehear his case.

Kilpatrick was found guilty of two dozen crimes from tax evasion to bribery. His appeal has centered on an alleged conflict among his trial attorneys, among other very technical reasons.

After months of trial, a jury in 2013 found that Kilpatrick rigged contracts, took bribes and committed other corrupt acts, often with contractor Bobby Ferguson. Kilpatrick was doomed by his own text messages, which revealed efforts to fix deals for Ferguson.

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