Lawyers in the Kilpatrick case look for Zombies - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Lawyers in the Kilpatrick case are looking for a few good Zombies

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Sometimes it seems like the attorneys, particularly the defense attorneys, would like a jury full of people who have no opinion or who have lived under a rock for the past decade.

While you sometimes hear experts bemoan the staggering number of uninformed Americans, you'll hear just the opposite complaint in U.S. District Court these days.

Here, potential jurors are routinely challenged to prove that any opinion they may have of Kwame Kilpatrick or his three co-defendants won't unfairly prejudice them during the trial. If anyone has read, seen or heard anything about Kilpatrick or his cohorts, they are made to feel like they could never fairly render a verdict.

It often seems to those of us in the pews that the lawyers are looking for zombies.

Zombies sure do seem to be in vogue now -- along with vampires and werewolves with great abs -- but the real goal in this game is not to find people who cannot be influenced. It's to find people who have yet to be influenced.

As Judge Nancy Edmunds has repeatedly pointed out, there's nothing wrong with having an opinion – as long as you can set it aside and view the evidence objectively before reaching a verdict.

Ironically, the same attorneys griping that potential jurors are lying when they say they don't have an opinion of Kilpatrick are the same attorneys who pounce on any juror who shares even the mildest opinion of the former mayor.

During a break in the lawyers' search for the next zombie last week, Kilpatrick showed that he has an eye for bloodsuckers.

[Since the lawyers have savaged the media throughout the jury screening process, feel free to insert your favorite "lawyers are bloodsuckers" joke here.]

Hizzoner turned to a nice-looking young man sitting behind him, who works for one of the lawyers, and told him: "You kinda look like a vampire … A daywalker."

It was meant to be a compliment.

Follow M.L. Elrick's coverage of the Kilpatrick & Co. trial daily on Fox 2 and at www.myfoxdetroit.com. Contact him at ml.elrick@foxtv.com or via Twitter or Facebook.

  • Latest Development in the Kilpatrick Corruption TrialMore>>

  • Bobby Ferguson sentenced to 21 years in prison

    Bobby Ferguson sentenced to 21 years in prison

    Friday, October 11 2013 3:20 PM EDT2013-10-11 19:20:27 GMT
    Bobby Ferguson, a former city contractor and longtime friend of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for his role in a public corruption case.
    Bobby Ferguson, a former city contractor and longtime friend of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for his role in a public corruption case.
  • Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years in prison

    Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years in prison

    Thursday, October 10 2013 9:33 PM EDT2013-10-11 01:33:28 GMT
    A federal judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Thursday to 28 years in prison for his role in a public corruption scandal that cost the city millions and ended a career for the once promising politician.
    A federal judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Thursday to 28 years in prison for his role in a public corruption scandal that cost the city millions and ended a career for the once promising politician.
  • Judge: Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick must pay $4.7 million

    Judge: Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick must pay $4.7 million

    Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:04 PM EST2013-12-11 01:04:30 GMT
    A federal judge has granted prosecutors' request and has ordered imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to pay $4.7 million in restitution.
    A federal judge has granted prosecutors' request and has ordered imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to pay $4.7 million in restitution.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices