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Ex-Detroit mayor jailed until corruption sentence

Kwame Kilpatrick convicted
Posted at 4:14 PM, Mar 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-11 16:14:00-04

DETROIT, Mich. (AP) - A judge has ordered former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail to await his sentence for corruption while in office.

Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds says it's a "close call" but the scale under law is tipped more toward prosecutors. She made her decision Monday, four hours after a jury convicted Kilpatrick on 24 charges, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery and tax crimes.

Kilpatrick attorney James Thomas urged the judge to keep him free, saying he's followed all court orders since the trial started in September.

But prosecutor R. Michael Bullotta says Kilpatrick violated parole in an unrelated case in state court and spent a weekend in jail during the trial.

Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson was also ordered to jail without bond.