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Kilpatrick Jury is a mix of black, white, men and women

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

What a difference five days can make -- especially when you're trying to win a federal case.

On Friday defense attorneys said they had no problem, with prosecutors grilling potential jurors who are black.

But by Wednesday, they were calling it a disgrace.

Prosecutors kept about a half dozen black people from making the final cut for the Kilpatrick jury.

The feds said they were concerned about comments they had made, indicating a belief that the system was not fair to minorities, or that the disgraced former mayor had suffered enough.

Mike Rataj, the Defense attorney representing Bobby Ferguson, says he isn't buying it.  "The only thing I take away is how the government did everything they could to keep a person of color off the jury," says Rataj.

The judge disagreed, and swore in a jury with six whites, five blacks and one Hispanic. Nine of the jurors are women and three are men.

We'll be back in court Thursday, when the judge holds a hearing on the defense's motion to move the trial.

If that motion fails, opening statements will start on Friday.  On Monday, we'll hear our first testimony in the case, which is expect to last four months.

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