Thomas out, Gurewitz in: Kwame Kilpatrick gets new lawyer - New York News

Thomas out, Gurewitz in: Kwame Kilpatrick gets new lawyer

Posted: Updated:
Kwame Kilpatrick Kwame Kilpatrick
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Kwame Kilpatrick, now a convicted felon, officially fired his longtime attorney Jim Thomas on Thursday. It's a move that will delay the former mayor's sentencing.

Attorney Harold Gurewitz will now be handling Kilpatrick's legal issues.

Gurewitz came to court as a utility player on Kilpatrick's legal team. He left as its clean-up hitter.

"Harold Gurewitz is top notch," said Thomas. "The legal relationship is now I'm substituted out."

Kilpatrick convinced a judge to give him yet another court-appointed lawyer, saying he didn't have confidence in Thomas.

"Are you relieved?" I asked Thomas.

"This has been a long thing. You talk about the campaign issue, you talk about the criminal case in state court, you talk about the Tamara Greene case, it's been a long five years," he answered.

While Kilpatrick's criticisms may have been hurtful, Thomas left the courthouse with his head held high.

"People have the right to an opinion. It may not be well founded, but they the right to an opinion," he said. "Believe me, every effort was expended on his behalf that we were capable of doing."

The job of preparing for sentencing and appealing Kilpatrick's conviction now falls to Gurewitz. It's not a job he wanted, but at least he's well rested.

"I just came back from a vacation," he said.

"So you're rested and ready to go?" I asked.

"I am," he responded.

Now it's Thomas' turn for a rest.

"I do have other things that I want to do like go on the honeymoon that I didn't go on last year because this case was pending. So I'm looking forward to that," he said.

And that means there's little chance Thomas will take on the case of Kilpatrick's best friend, Bobby Ferguson.

Ferguson came to court Thursday needing a new lawyer to represent him in a bid-rigging case that ended in a hung jury last year.

"So now you're available to represent Bobby Ferguson on the bid-rigging case," I said to Thomas.

"I don't think that will happen," he said.

As for Ferguson, we still don't know whether he will get a court appointed attorney. There will be some more legal arguing on that issue. We may know more next week.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Federal authorities to monitor Newark police

    Federal authorities to monitor Newark police

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:37:12 GMT
    Newark police engaged in the excessive use of force, routinely stopped people on the street for no legitimate reason and regularly stole property from civilians, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded in a report released Tuesday that set the stage for federal monitoring of the police department that serves New Jersey's largest city. The report is the culmination of a three-year investigation begun months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint.
    Newark police engaged in the excessive use of force, routinely stopped people on the street for no legitimate reason and regularly stole property from civilians, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded in a report released Tuesday that set the stage for federal monitoring of the police department that serves New Jersey's largest city. The report is the culmination of a three-year investigation begun months after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint.
  • White flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    White flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:22:00 GMT
    The NYPD is investigating a major security breach at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. The flags had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appeared to have been removed.
    The NYPD is investigating a major security breach at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City. Two white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan. The flags had a faint appearance of the stars and stripes. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appeared to have been removed.
  • FAA bans all flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA bans all flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:52:42 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. carriers from flying to Israel's main airport for 24 hours. The FAA made the announcement at about 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday. This comes after two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice following a rocket landing near the Ben-Gurion Airport earlier in the day.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has banned U.S. carriers from flying to Israel's main airport for 24 hours. The FAA made the announcement at about 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday. This comes after two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice following a rocket landing near the Ben-Gurion Airport earlier in the day.
  • 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.
  • No prison time for Kilpatrick's right-hand man

    No prison time for Kilpatrick's right-hand man

    Thursday, May 29 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-05-30 03:32:53 GMT
    He was former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's best friend and was once his right-hand man in City Hall. But when the corruption scandal unfolded, Derrick Miller testified against his former friend, helping to send the ex-mayor to prison.
    He was former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's best friend and was once his right-hand man in City Hall. But when the corruption scandal unfolded, Derrick Miller testified against his former friend, helping to send the ex-mayor to prison.
Powered by WorldNow
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