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Kilpatrick (D) Gets 18 Months To 5 Years

From the Detroit Free Press:


Judge sentences Kilpatrick to 18 months to 5 years in prison

BY JIM SCHAEFER

May 25, 2010

An audible gasp erupted in the courtroom as Judge David Groner sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to 18 months to five years in state prison for probation violation.

Deputies rushed up to a row where Kilpatrick friends and relatives are sitting. They escorted one unidentified woman out.

"Your testimony in this court amounted to perjury," the judge told Kilpatrick. "Most compelling is that you lied to this court, continue to lie, after you pleaded guilty to lying….

"The initial 120 days incarceration did nothing to rehabilitate you."

After the gasp from the audience, Kilpatrick was ordered to sign papers. Some reporters saw his hands shaking. Groner asked Kilpatrick’s lawyer, Schwartz, to assist the former mayor.

As the courtroom began to buzz, Groner raised his voice and ordered Kilpatrick to be swift.

"Sergeant could you secure the defendant please and put him in the back?" Groner said. A deputy then handcuffed Kilpatrick behind his back and led him to a side room. The former mayor kept looking over his shoulder, mouthing words toward his sister.

His attorneys vowed an immediate appeal of Groner’s sentence.

Comment from Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Athina Siringas: “We always felt a department of corrections sentence was appropriate. We are pleased.”

The judge’s order also raises questions about whether Kilpatrick will continue to have a job with a Compuware subsidiary in Texas. Compuware chief Peter Karmanos had given Kilpatrick a six-figure sales job with Covisint in an office just outside Dallas after the ex-mayor’s release from jail in February of last year. But Karmanos said at the time that Kilpatrick’s continued employment was contingent upon Kilpatrick staying out of further trouble.

Needless to say, Mr. Kilpatrick’s political persuasion is never mentioned in the article.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Kilpatrick (D) Gets 18 Months To 5 Years”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    I heard this on the radio…good for Kwame…setting high goals for Detroit politicians.

  2. proreason says:

    Well, that seals it.

    Mr. Kilpatrick is a future Governor or Senator from Michigan.

    After serving his 4 to 6 months in a country club prison, he will emerge to win 70% majorities in his home state and amass a fortune that could support a thousand working people.

    If he improves his core lying skills, he could be the president someday.

    • heykev says:

      You are once again correct Pro. Expect he will go further once he improves his lying skills in prison. Maybe he can get on a work-release program and follow BHO around for a few weeks to seem how it’s done once you skills have be honed.

      I liked this: amounted to perjury…you lied to this court, continue to lie, after you pleaded guilty to lying….

      Could be almost anyone in power these days.

  3. JohnMG says:

    Who appointed this judge? Does anybody know?

  4. Mithrandir says:

    BLEECH!

    Judges in general are lying scumbags arrogantly wagging their finger at people, handing down justice only after they are sure every last penny has been shaken out of your pockets. Ugh….they are all horrible.

    I am leaning towards supporting Kwame. He was a scumbag too, but this went way out of control. From texting and adultery to prison. And he was supposed to pay Detroit $1million in 5 years after losing his job as mayor? What a mess……it’s too bad it spiraled out of control. . .

  5. White_Polluter says:

    Mith-

    The reason he was supposed to pay $1 million in restitution is because the city cut a deal with the whistleblowers for about $9 million for them to keep quiet. This was a secret back room deal not disclosed to anyone but paid for by the citizens of Detroit. No matter how much I think Detroiters deserve crap like this based upon who they elect to office, Kwame deserves to be locked up for much longer than 5 years.

    He gave construction jobs to his friends on no-bid contracts.

    The city had a limit of $25,000 for purchases without further approval, so he leased his wife an Escalade instead of buying it so he wouldn’t need additional approval.

    After getting out of the poky the first time, he told investigators he didn’t know who was paying for his new home in Dallas.

    He conned prominent Detroit businessmen into giving him sweetheart loans and gifts to repay the small portion of the restitution that he actually repaid.

    He played the race card unflinchingly.

    He took vacations at taxpayer expense for his trysts with his Chief of Staff, ruined her reputation, and doomed her marriage.

    When caught, he doubled down and refused to resign and put everyone through his trial.

    Again while he was supposed to be paying restitution, he instead paid for his wife’s plastic surgery and claimed he only had $3 per month to repay the restitution.

    Sander Levin, Carolyn Cheeks Kirkpatrick (his mom), and John Conyers (whose wife just became a guest of the state on bribery charges) are all wonderful MIchigan politicians who should be behind bars, but continue to have a lifelong job courtesy of the unions and I’m not even going to get into Debbie Stabenow who’s husband was caught in a prostitution sting. As Rush says, folks, you can’t make this stuff up.

    Mith, I’m not a fan of any lawyer (of which Kwame is one) or any judge (excepting 4 on the supreme court), but please don’t shed a tear for good ol’ Kwame. I’m a Lions fan and that’s the only reason I followed this case at all, but believe me when I say, to quote Sam Kinison, “He got off light.”


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