William W. Swor & Associates

FBI: Man stockpiled guns, grenades; talked of attack

Date: August 2, 2016

By Tresa Baldas

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Bill Swor, a prominent criminal defense attorney who has defended terrorism cases in the past, said the charges suggest that the federal government is "being cautious in how they charge the case."

"They don't want to make it bigger than it really is," Swor said. "(The charges suggest) that they don't have any evidence that this person had any real attack plan, or any activity planned."

Swor said the case, which involves an undercover FBI agent selling grenades to Gregerson in a setup, raises a crucial question: "Is this a situation where you've got someone who is just talking, and but for the activity of the government, would never take any action?"


Appeals court takes on former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's appeal

Date: January 12, 2015


CINCINNATI - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says he didn't get a fair trial when he was convicted on corruption charges nearly two years ago. Now, Kilpatrick's attorneys are set to go before an appeals court in Cincinnati. But it won't be easy.


"Every criminal defendant has a mountain to climb in order to get a conviction overturned"

"Trial courts decisions are rarely reversed."


The first quote is from William Swor. The second is Peter Henning. Swor is a top defense attorney while Henning is a former federal prosecutor and current Wayne State Law Professor. But both agree that it does not bode well for Detroit's former mayor


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Ex-Wayne County aide sentenced to prison in corruption case

Date: July 01, 2014

DETROIT - Former Wayne County assistant executive Michael Grundy will spend several years in prison after taking a plea deal in a case that accused him of accepting kickbacks when he was at the helm of the county's health care program.

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Snyder makes appointments to Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

Date: June 2014

Michigan.gov: Official State Press Release


LANSING — William Swor, of Grosse Pointe Woods, is an attorney with William W. Swor, and has practiced federal criminal and immigration law for more than 40 years. He is on the board of directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan as well as the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Swor is a member of the Practitioners Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission. Swor earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oakland University and a law degree from Wayne State University. He will represent members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan.


ACCESS Names New Board President

Date: January 2014

dbusiness: Detroit's Premier Business Journal


DEARBORN — ACCESS has named its new board president, attorney William W. Swor, who, along with the board, will continue to support the nonprofit social and economic services organization in fulfilling its mission and vision of enabling and empowering individuals, families and communities to lead informed, productive, and culturally sensitive lives.


Ferguson's retrial on bid-rigging charges begins Tuesday

Date: January 20, 2014

By Robert Snell

The Detroit News


“When you’ve got a defendant who has received as substantial a sentence as Bobby Ferguson did, it seems that either the government doesn’t have confidence in the previous conviction or is just engaging in piling on,” veteran defense lawyer William Swor said Monday.


Like the corruption trial, the bid-rigging case alleges Ferguson capitalized on his friendship with Kilpatrick to fix bids and receive millions in public contracts.


“To the extent the two cases are inter-related, there’s an argument that (a conviction) would be concurrent, so why is the government wasting all of these additional taxpayer dollars?” Swor asked.


Ex-Ficano deputy Azzam Elder re-emerges, but questions remain

Date: December 9, 2013

By John Wisely

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer


Kazmi, who entered his plea in July 2012, remains free while he cooperates with investigators. His sentencing has been adjourned six times and now is set for Feb. 14.


Grundy’s sentencing has been pushed back until March 18. His lawyer, William Swor, said the delays have been caused by disputes over sentencing guidelines.


Troy mom spared deportation, but others aren't as lucky as cases hit records

Date: December 8, 2013

By Tresa Baldas

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Prominent local defense attorney William Swor, who has successfully fought deportation orders, said discretion in immigration cases comes only when political or public pressure is on the government. He should know. He represented Kaso, the U-M student who, along with her mother, escaped deportation.

“This is purely a political decision — who goes and who doesn’t,” Swor said. “Unless there’s some political cost or perceived political cost, they’ll do whatever they want.”


Tucker Cipriano entered plea to spare his family from testifying, attorney says

Date: June 17, 2013

By L.L. Brasier and Gina Damron

Detroit Free Press Staff Writers

Legal experts said it’s rare for defendants to plead to felony murder.

“If you know that the consequence of your plea is a sentencing of life without parole, there’s no downside to rolling the dice,” prominent defense attorney William Swor said.

With an appeal in mind, Kwame Kilpatrick couldn't fully apologize, experts say

Date: October 21, 2013

By Tresa Baldas

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

“If this is going up on appeal, or if he thinks he hasn’t done anything wrong, why should he say anything?” said prominent local defense attorney Bill Swor, who represented Abdel-Ilah Elmardoudi in the country’s first terrorism trial with the charges ultimately dismissed in 2004.

As for Kilpatrick’s sentencing statement Oct. 10, in which he denied committing certain crimes, Swor said: “Here’s a man who pled not guilty and went to trial asserting his innocence ... so if he believes in his innocence, why would someone expect him to apologize for something he doesn’t believe he’s done?”


Legal community reacts to Kilpatrick's 'cold and calculating' move to dump attorney

Date: May 23, 2013

By Tresa Baldas

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Prominent defense attorney William Swor, who has known Thomas for decades, said getting fired by a client comes with the territory of being a defense lawyer. But it still hurts, he said.

“He is very loyal to his clients, and for his client to be disloyal to him must have been extremely disheartening,” Swor said of Thomas. Still, he noted: “Clients do this. ... This is a client’s life, and when a client’s life is on the line, they’ll do what they think they have to do.”


Fox 2 Detroit Kilpatrick Trail Commentary

Date: February 20, 2013


Veteran criminal defense attorney Bill Swor said he tells his clients to avoid social media.

"It distracts from the message in court, which is my client is innocent," he explained.


No telling what the Kilpatrick trial jury is thinking

Date: Feb 21, 2013


Bill Swor is a criminal defense attorney with 40 years experience.  He said even federal courthouse veterans like himself have no idea what to make of jury inquiries.

"We don't read tea leaves.  We don't speculate.  They're going to do what they're going to do," he said.


Government will try again after Bobby Ferguson's case ends in mistrial

Date: June 27, 2012

By Tresa Baldas, Jim Schaefer, M.L. Elrick, Cecil Angel and David Ashenfelter

Detroit Free Press Staff Writers

"Certainly, whatever leverage a conviction would have given the government to force Bobby Ferguson to cooperate ... it's certainly diminished," said defense attorney Bill Swor, a longtime member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "If he didn't want to cooperate before, there's nothing new, and no new leverage that the government has."

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615 Griswold Street

Detroit, MI 48226

Office: (313) 967-0200

Fax: (313) 346-5830

William W. Swor & Associates