Ex-Detroit Mayor Can't Ditch Atty On Eve of Corruption Trial

Law360, New York (August 14, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT) -- A Michigan federal judge said Tuesday that it was too late for ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to obtain new counsel after a purported breakdown in relations with his current attorney, a bid prosecutors reportedly dismissed as a ruse to delay his impending trial on government contract bribery charges. 

According to court records, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds denied Kilpatrick's bid to relieve his longtime counsel, James Thomas of O'Reilly Rancilio PC. At a hearing Tuesday, Judge Edmunds told Kilpatrick that she didn't buy his argument that Thomas'...
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