Detroit —Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick wants taxpayers, who spent $813,806 defending him against corruption charges, to pay $24,000 more for a second lawyer to appeal his conviction and prison sentence.
Kilpatrick, who is serving a 28-year sentence at an Oklahoma federal prison, filed the request Friday in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Defense lawyer Harold Gurewitz justified the request, saying a second lawyer is needed to review more than 12,000 pages of trial transcripts and provide legal research. He wants the appeals court to appoint an $80-hour associate for up to 300 hours of work.
The 300 hours might not be enough, he added.
“Counsel can provide this court, as directed, updates to indicate whether the 300 hour estimate in this motion is accurate or whether less or more time may be necessary and the reasons for such variance,” Gurewitz wrote in a court filing Friday.
The additional money would add to what was an expensive prosecution.
Kilpatrick’s defense costs included more than $748,000 for five lawyers, $19,238 for a private investigator, $2,400 for a jury consultant, $7,215 for an accountant and more than $36,000 for transcripts.
Kilpatrick’s highest-paid attorney was James C. Thomas at $429,755. Michael Naughton was paid $260,625. After being found guilty of 24 charges, Kilpatrick dropped Thomas in May, saying their relationship was destroyed.
Taxpayers also spent $352,778 defending Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard, who was convicted of a tax crime.
A jury found Kwame Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson guilty of racketeering and other charges in March. Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison; Ferguson 21.
Kilpatrick, 43, is serving the sentence at a medium-security federal prison in El Reno, Okla.