DETROIT — A lawyer for Kwame Kilpatrick says the ex-Detroit mayor is vulnerable to attack at a federal prison while his injured knee is immobilized with a brace.
James Thomas asked a federal appeals court Thursday to release Kilpatrick from the Milan prison while he awaits his sentence for corruption. Thomas listed many reasons, including the ex-mayor's health and his notoriety.
Thomas says Kilpatrick won't flee because he's broke and would be easily recognized at 6-foot-4-inches tall and nearly 300 pounds. Detroit federal Judge Nancy Edmunds ordered him locked up after his conviction 2 months ago. A date for his sentence hasn't been set.
Kilpatrick injured his knee. His lawyer says he needs surgery, and his inability to move around the prison could make him a target.