Bobby Ferguson's retrial in bid-rigging case to begin Tuesday

By Lisa Ray, Managing Editor, ClickOnDetroit.com, @ClickOnLisa, lray@wdiv.com
Published On: Jan 21 2014 03:22:30 AM EST

Bobby Ferguson convinced a judge on Thursday that he needed taxpayer help to pay for his attorney in court.

DETROIT -

Bobby Ferguson, a childhood friend of ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is set to got to trial for a second time on several corruption charges.

View court document: Counts against Ferguson dismissed

Ferguson is accused of obtaining millions of dollars in public works contracts through false statements and bid collusion.

He's also accused of making false statements in a proposal as part of the Garden View Estates project, a public housing development in Detroit. Among the counts dismissed are mail fraud conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

The charges he will face in trial will include conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to willfully injure property, and three charges of felon in possession of a firearm.

His first trial on the same charges ended with a mistrial last year.

Jury selection in the second trial is set to begin Tuesday.

In March, Ferguson was found guilty in of racketeering and corruption charges in a trial he faced alongside former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick.

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