Kym Worthy biography

Kym Worthy

Female, Person

1957 –


Who is Kym Worthy?

Kym L. Worthy is the current prosecutor of Wayne County, Michigan, home to Detroit. She is the second African-American to serve as a county prosecutor in Michigan, the first one being Stuart Dunnings III in Ingham County, Michigan which includes Lansing. She has received a large amount of notice since filing charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at the beginning of March, 2008, however this is only one of many cases her office has been involved in.

Worthy received her bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Worthy started as an assistant prosecutor in Wayne County in 1984. She served in this position for ten years, trying over 800 cases. The most notable was the trial of Walter Budzyn and Larry Nevers in the beating death of Malice Green. Among the cases Worthy had go to trial her conviction rate was over 90%. From 1994- January 2004 Worthy was a judge on the Wayne County Circuit Court.

Worthy was appointed Wayne County Prosecutor to replace Michael Duggan who resigned to become the head of the Detroit Medical Center.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is by far the busiest in Michigan. There are 83 counties in Michigan yet Worthy's office handles 52% of all felony cases in Michigan and 64% of all serious felony cases that go to jury trial.


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