Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Ready to Start Anew, but Freedom May not Last Long

Tresa Baldas and M. L. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, August 3, 2011

Kwame Kilpatrick is out of prison now, but some legal experts say it’s only a matter of time before he’ll be behind bars again.

They contend the former Detroit mayor will have a tough time beating his pending federal public corruption case, which goes to trial in September 2012.

Some say cutting a deal is his only option and could lead to a sentence of 10-12 years in prison. He faces 15-20 if he goes to trial and loses.

“I do expect that Kilpatrick will take a plea,” said public corruption expert and San Francisco law professor Wes Porter. “The charges are so wide-ranging that they suggest to a jury truly pervasive conduct–bribery, extortion, obstruction of justice. . . .

“Kilpatrick represents the type of defendant that has dug such a hole for himself and his credibility, that (it) is very difficult to imagine that he could ever take the stand in his own defense or garner sympathy as a victim of potential government overreaching.”

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In the federal case, Kilpatrick, his father and three others are charged with perverting the city’s contracting system by shaking down contractors to steer millions in public funds into their own pockets.

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  • Up to my neck in CA.

    It’s leadership like his that has made Detroit the modern utopia of industry that it is today.

  • jimmy da gent

    It stinks of a set up.Kwame’s a crook and idiot. that’s a given.These charges could be brought anywhere, in any urban zone. The bld. inspector in NYC was recently convicted of giving sweetheart tax deals to the 8 families that control Manhattan real estate while overcharging the like of Donald Trump. The resolution was a slap on the wrist and story buried in the paper. Here in s. Bergen NJ there are so many envelopes going uner the table that prosecutors heads would explode if they ever dared to look into it.

  • Detroit WASP

    Kwame was apparently collecting foodstamps while in school but both of his parents had great government jobs.

    http://spectator.org/archives/2011/08/05/the-legacy-of-kwame-kilpatrick#

  • Anonymous

    Detroit WASP:

    The food stamp, welfare scam as practised by Florida A&M students is fairly common at the so-called historically black universities. I had a roommate while at FSU (the other state university nearby FAMU) that was white and poor as a church mouse. One time when his stipend check was due, I stood in the financial assistance line to wait for him to receive his 1/4ly payment. With him and I being the exception, about 95% waiting were black. Those not black were foreign looking, non-whites. Listening to the conversation in an almost party atmosphere, the students declared that new wheels for the car or speakers for a stereo system or some new air sneakers were to be purchased. So the Kwame scam is just another give-away white people are burdened with.