Monday, July 18, 2011

Ferguson Wants the Charges Dropped

Bobby Ferguson, the embattled contractor and long-time friend of former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick, filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week to have the federal charges against him dropped. His argument is that the work done at the Gardenview Estates in the Warrendale neighborhood, which was funded in large part by a HOPE VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, wasn't really a federally funded project.

And since this federally funded project wasn't really a federally funded project, according to Mr. Ferguson, the federal charges simply don't apply.

Any criminal wrong-doing that may or may not have occurred, according to the convoluted reasoning of Bobby Ferguson and his attorneys, is something that should be dealt with at the state or local level by Wayne Country Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy.

There are two separate points that I believe one should make in response to an issue like this.

First, Mr. Ferguson's reasoning that a federally funded project wasn't really a federally funded project is pure nonsense. I hope and pray that the U.S. District Court denies this motion without delay.

Second, and perhaps more importantly, I believe that this motion is also an indictment against Ms. Worthy. When criminals and their attorneys are willing to try a complicated legal maneuver in order to get a criminal case out of the hands of federal prosecutors into the hands of local prosecutor, it makes things rather clear that the local prosecutor (in this case, Kym Worthy) isn't doing her job properly.

Criminals actually want to be prosecuted by Kym Worthy, rather than by the U.S. Attorney.

Kym Worthy was re-elected with minimal opposition in 2008. She is up for re-election next year. On behalf of everyone in Wayne County, I seriously hope that a decent candidate rises in opposition to her and we're able to get a prosecutor that criminals don't like.

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