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Ex-Detroit mayor found guilty of racketeering, extortion

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Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's public corruption trial is over and the jury found him guilty of racketeering and extortion.

Kilpatrick's father Bernard and friend Bobby Ferguson were also involved in the case.

All of the defendants were charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, or RICO.

Kwame Kilpatrick faced 30 counts for crimes including extortion, mail and wire fraud and tax evasion. Ferguson was charged with 11 counts and was found guilty on most of them. Bernard Kilpatrick was facing four counts, but was found guilty on just a single tax charge.

Of the 45 counts total, the jury returned unanimous verdicts on 40 of the 45 charges.

Kilpatrick was found guilty of racketeering, four counts of extortion, and a myriad of other charges including mail, wire and tax fraud. The Detroit Free Press reports Kilpatrick was shaking his head as several of the guilty verdicts were read out loud.

The racketeering conspiracy charge carries a maximum punishment of 20 years behind bars.

Despite their attorney's arguing that they are not a flight risk, the judge ordered Kilpatrick held in jail until sentencing in the corruption case.

The verdict is another defeat for the man who left office in 2008 amid an unrelated scandal involving sexually explicit text messages and an affair with an aide.

The government said Kilpatrick rigged city contracts to help his buddy Bobby Ferguson, and then got a share of the spoils. Witnesses said Kilpatrick got bribes and kickbacks from his political fundraiser and a convention center contractor. He was also accused of tapping a nonprofit fund for personal use.

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