Thursday, August 25, 2005

Mayor Navigator's buddy plea bargains pistol whipping case


From the Ed McNamara School of politics and criminal justice. From the Detroit Free Press





Mayor's pal gets deal in gun case

Contractor pleads guilty, avoids trial
August 23, 2005
BY JIM SCHAEFER and M.L. ELRICK
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

Bobby Ferguson, a contractor for the City of Detroit and a close friend of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge that he pistol-whipped an employee last year.


Ferguson's plea came just before his trial was set to begin, sparing him intense media coverage at a time when Kilpatrick is running for re-election.


The deal Ferguson struck with prosecutors, however, conflicts with Kilpatrick's calls for the prosecutor's office to stop bargaining with people accused of using guns to commit crimes.


Under the plea agreement, Ferguson, 36, would serve 10 months in Wayne County Jail and be on probation for five years. His lawyer, Elbert Hatchett of Pontiac, said Ferguson would be placed on work release so he can leave the jail during business hours to run his company


And Kwame wants to cut crime?

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