Kwame Kilpatrick claims in new filing he tried to assault his attorney

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A court filing by Kwame Kilpatrick on Thursday claims he tried to assault his lawyer prior to his racketeering trial.

A 38-page filing lists six grounds presenting a broken relationship between himself and defense attorney Jim Thomas. The former Detroit mayor was found guilty in 2013 on two dozen charges, including bribery and tax evasion. He is serving a 28-year sentence at a federal prison in El Reno, OK.

The most dramatic example details the attempted assault that is detailed in page 17 where Kilpatrick ended up allegedly chasing Thomas around a table.

>>To read the entire filing, see documents below.

It says that on "Aug. 14 after leaving court, (Kilpatrick) and trial counsel are involved in a heated quarrel with bad language, threats and counter-threats. (Kilpatrick) tried to harm trial counsel. Trial counsel runs around the conference table in his office and threatens to call the police.

"Trial counsel tells (Kilpatrick) 'I'll have you thrown in jail for the rest of the trial.'"

The filing says that "There was a complete breakdown of trust and communication between (Kilpatrick) and trial counsel."

Kilpatrick has lost his previous appeals and has the U.S. Supreme Court decline to hear his case.

Last summer Kilpatrick wrote a fiery Facebook post claiming he was innocent of everything.

He wrote: "But the entire city bought it. The whole thing! Yes, "Real" Detroiters too! Don't fool yourselves. Millions of dollars was spent by the Government, Media Stations, and even Private Businesses to 'Get Kwame!'


In the past, Kilpatrick has filed a motion on his own behalf from prison, claiming there was no evidence he was part of a pay-to-play scheme. He claimed that wrong instructions and misinformation were given to the jury, which created an unfair environment.

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Kilpatrick first appealed in August 2015. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in August affirmed the conviction, and then a rehearing was denied in October 2015. Kilpatrick's appeal was centered on an alleged conflict among his trial attorneys, among other very technical reasons.

Then the U.S. Supreme Court denied hearing the case in June 2016.

However, that was common knowledge. Kwame even signed a form that acknowledged there was a conflict. Before the trial got underway, he tried to tell the judge he wanted a new lawyer, who told him he had had plenty of time to get one and she felt he was trying to stall.

A few months later in October, 2016 a petition to convince former President Obama to pardon Kilpatrick gained more than 28,000 signatures.

-The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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