Kwame Kilpatrick files appeal to get out of prison

By Halston Herrera, Senior News Editor for ClickOnDetroit.com, @ClickOnHalston, hherrera@wdiv.com
Published On: May 01 2013 04:07:46 PM EDT
Updated On: May 01 2013 02:41:20 PM EDT
DETROIT -

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is in prison after being convicted on several federal corruption charges, has filed a federal appeal to overturn a judge's denial of his bond request.

The appeal was filed Wednesday, one day after U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds denied the request -- for the third time.

READ: Kilpatrick appeal

Kilpatrick has argued that he is not a flight risk or a danger to the community and wants to be out while he awaits sentencing.

On March 11, a federal jury found Kilpatrick and close friend Bobby Ferguson guilty on multiple counts including racketeering and conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors have been fighting the requests for bond ever since. Judge Edmunds has held firm on her decision to deny it.

Kilpatrick's mother, ex-U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, had offered her Detroit home as collateral to ensure he shows up to court for sentencing.

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