DETROIT (AP) — Taxpayers paid slightly more than $1 million for the legal defense of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his father.
The figures were released Wednesday by the Detroit federal court. Lawyers for Kwame and Bernard Kilpatrick were paid by the public because the pair said they couldn’t afford the legal bills. It’s a common step in state and federal courts.
Kwame Kilpatrick is serving a 28-year prison sentence for corruption. His total legal bill was $813,806, with 52 percent going to attorney James Thomas.
Bernard Kilpatrick’s legal costs added up to about $353,000. His attorney, John Shea, received about $225,000. The elder Kilpatrick was convicted of a tax crime and is serving a 15-month prison sentence.