Detroit jurors who were asked to resurrect Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s reputation instead took only an hour to review three weeks’ worth of evidence before awarding $6.5 million to two former cops suing Kilpatrick and the city, reports the Detroit Free Press. The officers alleged that they were fired because they investigated reports of bad behavior by the mayor. The unanimous verdict was shocking not just because of its speed but because, as recently as last month, the city could have resolved the whistle-blower lawsuit for just more than $2 million.
Kilpatrick said he was “blown away” by the predominantly suburban jury’s speedy verdict. The trial revived questions about Kilpatrick’s personal life and professional judgment the mayor hoped he put behind him with his 2005 re-election. Jurors They apparently were not impressed by the more than three hours the mayor spent on the witness stand. “One of the jurors said he’s a very poor liar,” said an attorney for the plaintiffs.