Attorneys for Kilpatrick, Ferguson make their appeal in federal court

Detroit's ex-mayor appealed his conviction on corruption charges in the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Tuesday.

Kwame Kilpatrick's camp says he deserves a new trial  because he had a lawyer he didn't want due to conflict of interest and his lawyers that FBI agents allowed to testify said too much about text messages and questionable contracts he was involved in.

"I've asked for the case to be reversed for Mr. Kilpatrick to get a new trial," said Harold Gurewitz, Kilpatrick's attorney.

Gurewitz had 20 minutes to make his case before a three-judge panel Tuesday. He said he spent most of the time answering questions.

"I was not surprised by questions," he said. "I was impressed that they seemed to be familiar with the case."

One such pointed question Gurewitz shared.

"Whether or not there's a necessity to show any kind of an effect on the performance of the attorney during the trial," Gurewitz said, adding that Kilpatrick at the time never was warned his attorneys had a conflict of interest.

Kilpatrick and former longtime contractor friend Bobby Ferguson, also appealing after being convicted of multiple crimes, were not at the hearing.

But former State Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick was, but declined comment.

Ferguson's attorney was also there trying to get a new trial. 

"I think it went fine," said Susan Van Dusen. "I have a lot of faith in our judicial system."

Gurewitz said he does not know when to expect a decision to come down. He also would not discuss Kilpatrick's role in the preparation in the briefs of the case.

"I think he's anxiously awaiting these results like everybody else," he said.

The timetable could be anywhere between a month or several months before a decision could be reached. 

Both attorneys felt comfortable after leaving court but there is no indication how the judge panel will rule.

If it is not successful, this case will likely be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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