Kwame no more

So we’re not the only ones who don’t want to hear the name “Kwame Kilpatrick” anymore.

In the Bobby Ferguson bid-rigging trial, U.S. District Court Judge David Lawson has forbidden prosecutors from using, uh, that guy’s name in court.  [The Detroit News].

Lawson is concerned that saying his name three times will bring him – no, that’s not it.  Saying his name will alert him to your presence and he’ll come to capture – that’s not it either.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson was concerned the mere mention of Kilpatrick’s name would be prejudicial against Ferguson, the former mayor’s close friend. Instead, Kilpatrick was identified as a “city official” in front of the jury.

That’s not a bad idea, actually.


One thought on “Kwame no more

  1. Don’t think that will work. Another example of treating a jury like a class of first graders. This is a case, however, that is ripe for jurors going outside the court, and to the Internet, in order to find out fun and interesting facts about the case, the lawyers, and the judge. How do you put a dampener on that? That’s what’s going to influence this case beyond the court rules.

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