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Kilpatrick pal Ferguson on trial again in Detroit

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DETROIT (AP) — Jury selection is underway for a Detroit contractor who is back in court after being sentenced to 21 years in prison in a different case.

Bobby Ferguson's legal woes didn't end with his conviction and sentence in a scheme to reap millions with the help of then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Prosecutors are putting him through another trial after a jury failed to reach a verdict in a bid-rigging case in 2012.

Jury selection began Tuesday and will pick up again Wednesday. Ferguson is charged with conspiracy and other crimes.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says the case involves allegations of fraud and illegal dumping at a federally funded housing project. Co-defendant Michael Woodhouse is also on trial.

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