The federal trial against former Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick is scheduled to begin this Thursday, and involves "more than 30 counts that include racketeering, bribery and fraud during his time in public office" as reported by Steven Yaccino for The New York Times:
During his nearly seven-year stint as mayor of Detroit, there was little about Kilpatrick that was not big. His 6-foot-4 frame. His "hip-hop mayor" persona and the 1 ½-carat diamond that pierced his ear. His wide appeal made him, at the age of 31, the youngest person ever to lead the city.