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Government asks appeals court to deny ex-Detroit mayor's request to have conviction overturned

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DETROIT — The government is urging a federal appeals court to deny former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's request to have his corruption conviction overturned and grant him a new trial.

Kilpatrick is serving a 28-year prison sentence after a jury last year convicted him of two dozen crimes, from tax evasion to bribery.

He appealed, saying there was a conflict involving his attorneys, among other reasons.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Goetz responded in a filing Thursday with the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Goetz says Kilpatrick can't prove his defense lawyers had a conflict of interest.

In addition, Goetz says the court should affirm a 21-year sentence given to co-defendant Bobby Ferguson, a contractor who also is appealing.

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