Kwame Kilpatrick
Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, resigning
Kwame Kilpatrick
Kwame Malik Kilpatrick is a former mayor of Detroit, Michigan. Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being charged with ten felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice.
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Who is to blame for poverty & unrest in America’s urban communities?
Fox News - 6 months
Last night Donald Trump laid much blame for the poverty and unrest in our urban communities on the Democrats and what he describes as essentially failed policies. If you watch ON THE RECORD at 7pm, you know I often bring up the fact that LBJ declared “WAR ON POVERTY” in 1965 and the fact that we have not won this war and what a disgrace that so many of our fellow Americans live in poverty. My first 12 years of my career as a lawyer, I worked with very poor people in an urban community – Washington, DC – and I remain distressed that we have not won the WAR ON POVERTY. I decided to “fact check” Trump and see if he is right that the Democrats have been running these urban areas where poverty is destroying people. Check out my results (and I went back in time to 1965, when LBJ declared WAR ON POVERTY.) Is it fair to blame those in office? Did they and do they have responsibility for their communities? See below…and then tell me what YOU think. PS. I am NOT telling you how to vote ...
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US judge who sentenced ex-Detroit mayor reflects on case
Yahoo News - 8 months
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge who in 2013 sentenced Kwame Kilpatrick to 28 years in prison for tax evasion and bribery said she has no regrets but feels bad for the former Detroit mayor's family.
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6 Things Detroit's Bankruptcy Can Teach You About Money
Huffington Post - 9 months
Detroit’s historic bankruptcy was complex and unique -- but it offers some surprisingly universal lessons for anyone who struggles with money. When the city announced it was broke in 2013, its budget was crippled by declining revenue stemming from population loss, the financial crisis and disinvestment from the state. At the same time, officials made avoidable mistakes, according to Nathan Bomey, author of Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back. Bomey, a USA Today reporter, covered the bankruptcy trial for the Detroit Free Press. Released last month, his book takes a behind-the-scenes look at how major players engineered an agreement that cut pensioner benefits, settled with creditors, and secured hundreds of millions in aid from foundations and the state. The city emerged from Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2014, shedding $7 billion in debt.   While the bulk of Detroit Resurrected tracks the dramatic bankruptcy trial and tense closed-door negotiations, Bomey also clearly charts ...
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Disgraced Former Detroit Mayor Says Michigan Lawmakers Have Long Known About Flint Water Crisis
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In a letter reportedly written from federal prison, disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick claims Michigan officials have known about contamination in Flint's water supply for much longer than they're letting on. In the letter obtained by local ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit through a Facebook message that Kilpatrick's family reportedly sent to the station, the former mayor says he knew about problems in Flint's water supply in 2004 and that former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, current Gov. Rick Snyder and several state legislators have long been aware of the contamination.  The letter loses credibility, local media outlet MLive points out, with Kilpatrick's claims that his office and Flint officials in 2004 and 2006 attempted to switch Flint to Detroit's water system. Flint was already connected to Detroit's water system then, and switched to the Flint River as a water source in 2014. The full transcript of the letter reads:  FYI Just so you all know. We (The ...
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Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Dad Cost Taxpayers $1.17 Million In Legal Bills
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was found guilty of numerous counts of racketeering and extortion in his federal corruption case last year, but it's taxpayers who are paying for it. Court records released Wednesday to the Detroit Free Press show taxpayers have spent a grand total of $813,806 on defense for the cash-strapped Kilpatrick, with most going to his five court-appointed attorneys and some going to an accountant, investigator, transcripts and jury consultant. The legal fees for his father Bernard Kilpatrick, who was convicted on one tax count and is serving 15 months, cost taxpayers $352,777, putting the total Kilpatrick family's fees at nearly $1.17 million. (See the Free Press for the full breakdown of costs.) Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison in October after his conviction last March. Prosecutors charged that he ran a criminal enterprise out of City Hall while serving as Mayor of Detroit from 2002-2008. Kilpatrick already owes mil ...
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Wall Street, Not Workers To Blame For Detroit's Bankruptcy Crisis, Says Demos Report
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Wall Street bankers, bad decisions made by elected officials and the Great Recession should be blamed for contributing to Detroit's fiscal crisis -- not the pensions of workers and retirees. That's according to a report released Wednesday by Wallace Turbeville, a former investment banker with Goldman Sachs, now a senior fellow at the liberal think tank group Demos. He said on a media conference call Wednesday that the city's current cash shortfall for the 2014 fiscal year, estimated to be $198 million, can be traced to declining tax revenues, which dropped 20 percent since the Great Recession began -- not pensions and benefits for retired and active workers. The Demos report also said deep cuts in state revenue sharing to Detroit accounted for nearly a third of the city’s revenue losses since fiscal year 2011. Since the recession began, Turbeville noted, Detroit reduced its operating expenses by 38 percent; 2300 employees were laid off; the total cost of salaries as an operational ...
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Mike Duggan, Detroit Mayor-Elect. Says He Resents The Focus On His Race
Huffington Post - over 3 years
DETROIT -- DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's mayor-elect said Wednesday that far too much had been made of his skin color during a successful campaign that will make him the predominantly black city's first white mayor in four decades. Appearing at his first news conference as mayor-elect, Mike Duggan said he would meet over the next two days with Michigan's governor and Detroit's current leaders, including the state-appointed emergency manager who currently controls the cash-strapped city's checkbook. With Detroit grappling with $18 billion in debt and awaiting a judge's ruling on whether it can move forward with a bankruptcy filing, Duggan said the race of the mayor is not a factor. "I resent it. I've resented it from the beginning," Duggan said. "People in this city got past it almost a year ago, as people got to know me and we started to relate as individuals." Unofficial general election results Tuesday night showed Duggan, a former Detroit Medical Center chief executive, defeating Wa ...
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24 U.S. Mayors Who Prove We're Also Better Than Canada At Electing Embarrassing Officials
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a comically Canadian exchange, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to reporters Tuesday that he'd smoked crack during one of his "drunken stupors." Despite the embarrassment, Ford said he wouldn't resign, and in fact plans to run for reelection next year. Maybe Ford is hoping that his admission won't hurt him. Or maybe he thinks it will make him more popular. After all, he did see a five-point boost in his popularity rating after reports of the mysterious crack-smoking video first surfaced earlier this year. While Ford's inappropriate behavior is disturbing, many Americans will find the controversy familiar and perhaps be surprised that it isn't taking place closer to home. As we're sure many of our neighbors to the north are well aware, U.S. mayors have a storied tradition of shady deeds. Below, a list of 24 embarrassing and sometimes disgusting mayors who prove the case for American exceptionalism: 1. Bob Filner (D) -- Filner resigned as mayor of San Diego earlier this year, after ...
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Why run for Detroit mayor? Winner may have real chance for change
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Nick Carey and Joseph Lichterman DETROIT (Reuters) - Detroit, saddled with $18 billion in debt, has filed for bankruptcy. So why would anyone want to run for mayor, especially when a state-appointed emergency manager has all the power anyway? Corruption has dogged Detroit, especially under former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was sentenced to 28 years in prison last month after a series of scandals that left the city worse off. Detroit's voters go to the polls on Tuesday and face a choice between Mike Duggan, a former chief executive of a Detroit hospital, and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.
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A Detroit Lawmaker Has Proposed Raising Money By Letting People Drink Until 4am
Business Insider - over 3 years
Detroit is several billion dollars in the hole. So, they are not ruling out many opportunities to raise money. This includes enabling the habits of barflies. The Detroit Free Press' Kathleen Gray reports a state senator from Detroit has put forward a bill that would allow the downtown bars and restaurants to sell liquor until 4 a.m., two hours longer than current statutes. The idea is to make the city more competitive with places like New York, Miami, and Chicago, Gray writes. “We would be attracting more of the type of people who are going for the entertainment type of lifestyle. We’ve got to be able to offer that to them,” a Detroit restaurant owner told a hearing in Lansing. “In Detroit, we have so many things going on that this could help — the casinos, hotels, limousine and taxi industries.” Establishments would have to pay an annual fee of $10,000, 85% of which would go to local police departments, 10% to the state liquor authority, and 5% to the city. As it turns ...
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Friday Talking Points -- Who Will Inhabit The Cave?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Now that the budget battle is truly joined, with hourly updates issuing forth from the not-so-hallowed halls of Washington, the cry among the media as I currently write this runs along the lines of: "A deal is in sight -- maybe!" But because I'm not following the minute-by-minute flow (because I have to write this column, and, you know, that space-time continuum thing...), I will instead focus on the aftermath. This aftermath is coming, although I certainly can't say when. Tonight? Tomorrow? Monday morning? Whenever it happens, the entire political media universe is going to pivot to their old standby: who won and who lost? Because, to the denizens inside the Beltway, everything in politics can be framed as a horserace. In this particular instance, the storyline will run with one of either two words to describe the perceived loser: "blink" or "cave." We're going with the cave metaphor, today. Call it media-political spelunking, if you will. Which brings us to the most impo ...
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Kwame Kilpatrick 28-Year Prison Sentence For Corruption Is Long, But Not 'Extreme': Experts
Huffington Post - over 3 years
DETROIT -- By the time 43-year-old Kwame Kilpatrick is released from prison, he'll likely be eligible for Social Security. The former Detroit mayor was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds after being convicted of 24 counts of racketeering, bribery, extortion, mail fraud and other charges related to his corrupt activities while in office. Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson were accused of running a criminal enterprise out of Detroit's City Hall, which prosecutors claimed resulted in at least $9.6 million in illegal profits to Ferguson's company. Without a successful appeal, which experts told USA Today is unlikely, Kilpatrick, who has been imprisoned since his conviction in March, will spend decades behind bars. Edmunds told the courtroom Thursday that federal sentencing guidelines recommended Kilpatrick receive a prison sentence ranging from 30 years to life behind bars, according to the Detroit Free Press. Lengthy sentences are a relatively new trend in th ...
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If Kwame Kilpatrick appeals, what are his chances?
USA Today - over 3 years
Experts see little hope for former Detroit mayor to get conviction, sentence overturned.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kwame Kilpatrick
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    In June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied his appeal.
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick co-wrote a memoir about his life and political experiences titled Surrendered: The Rise, Fall, & Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick. The book was originally scheduled for release on August 2, 2011, a date which would have just barely preceded his scheduled release from a Michigan prison. However, the publisher delayed the release to August 9, almost a week after Kilpatrick was paroled. Kilpatrick has appeared at public events in Michigan and elsewhere to promote his book. The public prosecutor in Wayne County, Michigan has asked the state courts to order the book's publisher, Tennessee-based Creative Publishing Consultants Inc., to remit Kilpatrick's share on the book's proceeds for payment toward Kilpatrick's criminal restitution and his cost of incarceration. On November 16, 2011, the publisher's attorney failed to appear at a hearing on the matter in Wayne County Circuit Court. A bench warrant was issued for the attorney, Jack Gritton, and was forwarded to authorities in Tennessee, where Gritton's practice is based.
  • 2015
    Age 44
    In August 2015, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his convictions but ordered that the amount of restitution be recalculated.
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  • 2013
    Age 42
    He was sentenced to 28 years in prison on October 10, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick, Federal Bureau of Prisons Register #44678-039, is serving his sentence at Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno in El Reno, Oklahoma. There is no parole in the federal prison system. However, with time off for good behavior, his earliest possible release date will be August 1, 2037—when he will be 67 years old. Mercado pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, Bobby Ferguson was sentenced to 21 years in prison, Derrick Miller pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to three years supervision, the first year in a halfway house. Bernard Kilpatrick was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Emma Bell received two years probation and was fined $330,000 in back taxes as part of a plea deal where she testified that she frequently handed Kilpatrick large amounts of cash skimmed from campaign accounts. First Independence Bank, used by Kilpatrick and Ferguson, was fined $250,000 for failing to follow anti-money laundering regulations. 14 companies were suspended from bidding on contracts with the water department in the wake of the scandal. Inland Waters Pollution Control Inc. paid $4.5 million in the settlement of a lawsuit over their involvement with Kilpatrick, Ferguson and the Detroit Water Board. Lakeshore TolTest Corp. reached a $5 million settlement with the Water Board to avoid litigation.
    On March 11, 2013, in spite of a vigorous defense that cost taxpayers more than a million dollars, Kilpatrick was found guilty by a jury on two dozen counts including those for racketeering, extortion, mail fraud, and tax evasion, among others.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after conviction, speaking about Kilpatrick, Judge Nancy Edmunds ruled in favor of remand saying "detention is required in his circumstance".
  • 2011
    Age 40
    In August 2011 the court ordered Kilpatrick to pay for his incarceration costs.
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    Kilpatrick was released on parole on August 2, 2011.
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    He was released from federal custody on April 6, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details During his final 118 days of state imprisonment, Kilpatrick resided in the Cotton Correctional Facility.
    He was arraigned on January 10, 2011, on charges in the 89-page indictment.
    More Details Hide Details Federal prosecuting attorneys proposed a trial date in January 2012, but defense attorneys asked for a trial date in the summer of 2012. Opening statements in the trial began on September 21, 2012. Prosecutors soon brought forth a large number of witnesses that gave some damaging testimony. Mercado took a plea deal while the trial was in progress.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 39
    As of September 2010, there had been no announcement of his resignation from Mayors Against Illegal Guns; however, by December 2012, Kilpatrick was no longer listed as a member.
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    On July 11, 2010, he was transferred into the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick was incarcerated in the Milan Federal Prison near Milan, Michigan.
    On May 25, 2010, Kilpatrick was sentenced to one and a half to five years with the Michigan Department of Corrections (with credit for 120 days previously served) for violation of probation, and was afterwards taken back into correctional custody.
    More Details Hide Details He was housed for fourteen days in the hospital unit of the state prisoner reception center. Kilpatrick was later housed in the Oaks Correctional Facility. After he was indicted in federal court for additional crimes related to alleged misuse of his campaign funds, Kilpatrick lobbied for a transfer from the Oaks Correctional Facility.
    On February 19, 2010, Kilpatrick missed a required restitution payment of $79,000.
    More Details Hide Details The court received only $14,000 on February 19 and then only another $21,175 on February 22. On February 23, Judge Groner approved a warrant for Kilpatrick and ruled in April that he had violated the terms of his probation.
    On January 20, 2010, Judge Groner ruled that Kilpatrick pay the sum of $300,000 to the city of Detroit within 90 days.
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  • 2009
    Age 38
    Judge Groner requested detailed financial records for Kwame, his wife, their children, etc. By November 2009 Kilpatrick was on the stand in Detroit to explain his apparent poverty.
    More Details Hide Details He claimed to have no knowledge about who paid for his million-dollar home, Cadillac Escalades, and other lavish expenses. The former mayor also denied any knowledge of his wife's finances, or even whether she was employed. During this hearing, it was revealed that Peter Karmanos, Jr., Roger Penske and other business leaders had provided substantial monies to the Kilpatricks to convince the mayor to resign his office and plead guilty.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    Within a couple of weeks, Kilpatrick was hired by Covisint, a Texas subsidiary of Compuware, headquartered in Detroit. The CEO of Compuware, Peter Karmanos, Jr. was one of the parties who loaned large sums of money to Kilpatrick in late 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick was let go from Compuware in May 2010 after being sentenced to prison. Kilpatrick claimed poverty to Judge David Groner. He said he only had $3,000 per month (later lowered to $6) for the restitution payments.
    Judge David Groner sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to four months in jail on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, for the sex-and-text scandal, calling him "arrogant and defiant" and questioning the sincerity of a guilty plea that ended his career at City Hall.
    More Details Hide Details The punishment was part of a plea agreement worked out a month earlier. "When someone gets 120 days in jail, they should get 120 days in jail," Groner said. Kilpatrick also was given a 120-day concurrent sentence for assaulting a sheriff's officer who was trying to deliver a subpoena in July. He was seen smirking, laughing, and even calling the sentencing a "joke". Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans said that they take 40,000 prisoners into the prison annually, but that Kilpatrick would be kept separate from the general population and “won’t be treated any worse or any better than other prisoners.” He was housed in a secured, 15 feet by 10 feet cell with a bed, chair, toilet and a shower, spending approximately 23 hours a day there. At 12:35 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, Kilpatrick left jail after serving 99 days. He boarded a privately chartered Lear jet and landed in Texas that evening. He was supposed to join his family in a $3,000 a month rental house in Southlake, Texas.
    Kilpatrick was sentenced on October 28, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The judge ordered that Kilpatrick not be given an opportunity for early release, but instead serve the entire 120 days in jail. In court hearings held in November and December 2009 it was revealed that several prominent Detroit businessmen provided undocumented loans to Kilpatrick and his wife in a quid-pro-quo for his resignation. The total amount of the loans was $240,000. Detroit City Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. replaced Kilpatrick as mayor at 12:01 a.m. September 19, 2008.
    On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick announced his resignation as mayor, effective September 18, following a guilty plea to two felonies for obstruction of justice arising from a complex settlement scheme in a civil case where he lied about an extra-marital affair under oath, then caused the case to be settled at a premium in exchange for an agreement by the parties not to disclose his affair.
    More Details Hide Details He then misrepresented the settlement to the citizens of Detroit and City Council. As a result of his guilty plea, Kilpatrick will pay restitution to the city of Detroit in the amount of one million dollars, lose his pension, serve four months in the Wayne County jail, serve five years probation, and surrender his law license; he is also prohibited from running for public office for five years. In the separate assault case, he pleaded no contest to one felony count of assaulting and obstructing a police officer in exchange for a second assault charge being dropped. This deal also required his resignation and 120 days in jail, to be served concurrently with his jail time for the perjury counts.
    On August 8, 2008, Michigan's Attorney General, Mike Cox, announced two new felony counts had been filed against Kilpatrick for assaulting and interfering with a law officer.
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    On May 13, 2008, the Detroit City Council approved a resolution to request that Michigan's governor, Jennifer Granholm, remove Kilpatrick from office.
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    On March 24, 2008, Kilpatrick was charged with eight felony counts, including perjury, misconduct in office, and obstruction of justice.
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    It was revealed on July 15, 2008 by WXYZ reporter Steve Wilson that in 2005 Kwame Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty, and the chief of police Ella Bully-Cummings allegedly used their positions to help an influential Baptist minister arrested for soliciting a prostitute get his case dismissed.
    More Details Hide Details The arresting officer, Antoinette Bostic, was told by her supervisors that Mangedwa Nyathi was a minister (Assistant Pastor at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on Detroit's west side), and that the mayor and police chief were calling to persuade Bostic not to show up to court, in which case the judge would be forced to dismiss the case against Nyathi. Bostic ignored her supervisors and appeared in court. The defense lawyer, Charles Hammons, had the case postponed a couple of times and stated in court that “The mayor told me yesterday that this case is not gonna go forward." Hammons admitted to Wilson that this was the fact and that this was how many cases for people who know the mayor in Detroit are handled. Bully-Cummings angrily denied that she had ever asked her officers to perform such acts of impropriety. Kilpatrick stated that Wilson of WXYZ "was just making up stories again."
    On March 27, 2008, a second recall petition was filed against Kilpatrick by Angelo Brown.
    More Details Hide Details Brown stated in his filing that Kilpatrick is too preoccupied with his legal problems to be effective. Kilpatrick's spokesman James Canning again dismissed this latest recall by saying: "It’s Mr. Brown’s right to file a petition, but it’s just another effort by a political hopeful to grab headlines." On May 14 the Detroit City Council voted to request that the governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, remove Kilpatrick from office. Kilpatrick used his influence while in the Michigan legislature to funnel state grant money to two organizations that were vague on their project description. The groups were run by friends of Kilpatrick and both agreed to subcontract work to U.N.I.T.E., a company owned by Kilpatrick's wife Carlita. Carlita was the only employee and the firm received $175,000 from the organizations. Detroit 3D was one of the groups and the State canceled its second and final installment of $250,000 because 3D refused to divulge details on how the funds were being spent.
    On March 12, 2008, at the request of the Mayor's office, Wayne County Election Commission rescinded its earlier approval for the recall.
    More Details Hide Details The Mayor's office argued that there was not any evidence that the organizer, Douglas Johnson, actually resided within the city limits of Detroit. Johnson stated that his group would refile using another person whose residency would not be an issue.
    His last day in office was September 18, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick was named in a slander lawsuit along with Christine Beatty and then-police chief Ella Bully-Cummings. The lawsuit was brought about by two police officers that claimed to have been slandered in the media by city officials.
    On September 4, 2008, Kwame Kilpatrick pled guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice and plead no contest to assaulting the deputy Deputy.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the plea agreement, he agreed to serve four months in the Wayne County Jail, pay one million dollars of restitution to the city of Detroit, surrender his license to practice law, five years probation and not run for public office during his probation period. He also was required to resign as mayor of Detroit and surrender his state pension from his six years' service in the Michigan House of Representatives prior to being elected mayor. In an allocution given as part of his plea, Kilpatrick admitted that he lied under oath several times.
    The new charges arose out of allegations that Kilpatrick on July 24, 2008, shoved two Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies who were attempting to serve a subpoena on Bobby Ferguson, a Kilpatrick ally, and a potential witness in the mayor's then-upcoming perjury trial.
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    On August 8, 2008, after arguments on Kilpatrick's behalf by attorneys Jim Parkman and Jim Thomas, Judge Thomas Jackson reversed the remand order and permitted Kilpatrick to be released on posting a $50,000 cash bond and the further condition that the mayor not travel, and wear an electronic tracking device.
    More Details Hide Details The same day Kilpatrick was released under the second bail agreement, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced that two new felony counts had been filed against the mayor for assaulting or interfering with a law officer.
    As a result, on August 7, 2008, Kilpatrick was remanded to spend a night in the Wayne County Jail.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time in history that a sitting Detroit mayor had been ordered to jail. In issuing the order, Chief Judge Ronald Giles stated that he could not treat the mayor differently from "John Sixpack."
    In early August of 2008, Detroit's WXYZ-TV reported that on July 23 of that year, Kilpatrick had violated the provisions of his bail when he briefly traveled to the neighboring Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario, where he met with Windsor mayor Eddie Francis concerning a deal to have the city of Windsor take over operational control of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in exchange for a $75 million loan to the cash-strapped city of Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details While Kilpatrick claimed that Francis had requested the meeting without prior notice, several Windsor city officials, including Francis, claimed that Kilpatrick in fact requested the meeting. Kilpatrick traveled without informing the court, as required by terms of his bail agreement.
    In March 2008, a group of Kilpatrick's supporters created the “Detroit Justice Fund" to help cover the cost of the mayor's legal defense.
    More Details Hide Details Members of the fund's supervisory committee include former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown and former DTE executive Martin Taylor. Greg Mathis, a retired District Court judge and television personality was listed as a committee member, but disavowed any such support and subsequently called for Kilpatrick to resign.
    On March 24, 2008, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced a 12-count criminal indictment against Kilpatrick and former Detroit Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, charging Kilpatrick with eight felonies and Beatty with seven.
    More Details Hide Details Charges for both included perjury, misconduct in office and obstruction of justice. Worthy also suggested that others in the Kilpatrick administration could also be charged. The preliminary examination scheduled for September 22, 2008, was waived by both defendants; thereby, allowing the case to proceed directly to trial.
    On March 26, 2008, the Free Press published another text message contradicting Kilpatrick's testimony that Brown's employment was not terminated.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2003, six weeks after Brown's employment with the Detroit Police Department ended and just hours before Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox was to announce the findings of his office's investigation into his administration's scandals, Kilpatrick texted his staff on June 24, 2003: We must answer the question? Why was Gary Brown fired, It will be asked, I need short, powerful answer.... I just need a good answer whatever it might be. On the stand in the whistleblower trial, Kilpatrick stated that Brown was "unappointed" from his duties as Deputy Police Chief and head of the department's Internal Affairs unit. The jury found in favor of Brown's account that he was fired and not "unappointed."
    On March 18, 2008, the Detroit City Council passed a non-binding resolution asking for Kilpatrick to resign as mayor.
    More Details Hide Details The vote was 7–1 with Monica Conyers being the only member to vote no. Martha Reeves was absent from the vote. The resolution cited 33 reasons for Kilpatrick to step down, ranging from the secret settlement deals, to mandatory audits not being submitted to the state, to charges that Kilpatrick “repeatedly obfuscates the truth.” Kilpatrick dismissed the vote as irrelevant and declared that he would not resign as mayor. The council responded by asking its independent attorney, Bill Goodman, to "explore the proceedings by which the mayor may be removed from office."
    In March 2008, the National Conference of Black Mayors moved its meeting from Detroit to New Orleans due to Kilpatrick's legal travails.
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick is a member of the Democratic Party. He was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bi-partisan anti-gun group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. After his conviction, Klipatrick's membership status in the organization is not clear.
    —Carmen Harlan, Response to Kwame Kilpatrick's 2008 Detroit State of the City Address
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    —Kwame M. Kilpatrick, 2008 Detroit State of the City Address
    More Details Hide Details Michigan Governor and fellow Democrat Jennifer Granholm issued a statement in which she condemned the use of the N-word in any context. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox stated on WJR radio that he thought that using the N-word was "reprehensible". Cox went on to say, "I thought his statements were race-baiting on par with David Duke and George Wallace, all to save his political career. I'm not a Detroiter, but last night crossed the line those statements not only hurt Detroit, but as long as the mayor is there, he will be a drag on the whole region." Cox then said that whether he is brought up on criminal charges or not, Kilpatrick should resign. Former Kilpatrick political adviser Sam Riddle labeled the address a race-baiting speech. "It's an act of desperation to use the N-word," said Riddle. "He's attempting to regain his base of support by playing the race card. He's gone to that well one too many times."
    On March 11, 2008, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick delivered his seventh State of the City Address to the city of Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details The speech marked a turning point in Kilpatrick's career. The majority of the 70-minute speech focused on positive changes occurring throughout Detroit and future plans. Kilpatrick specifically noted increased police surveillance, new policing technologies, and initiatives to rebuild blighted neighborhoods in the city. He received repeated standing ovations from the invitation-only audience. Toward the end of the speech, Kilpatrick deviated from the transcript given to the media and posted on his official website to address the scandal and controversy surrounding his years in office. Kilpatrick stated that the media were focusing on only the controversies as a spectacle to increase their viewership. In closing, he addressed the city council members who chose not to sit behind him on the stage in protest, particularly Kenneth Cockrel Jr. And finally, and this may be the most talked-about part of this speech after laying out all of that, but I feel that I cannot leave this auditorium with my wife and my sons sitting there without addressing this issue.
    In January 2008, it was revealed through text messages that Kilpatrick and Beatty were involved in a sexual relationship that both denied under oath.
    More Details Hide Details The attorney for the officers said, "I might take a different position on the case now. The mayor has been exposed and I may want more money for my clients now." On February 19, 2008, the Detroit City Council voted unanimously to settle the lawsuit for $25,000. The attorney for the officers accepted the settlement and said of the officers, “They don’t want to be embroiled in this whole scandal." According to the Detroit News (24 June 2010), Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and the Kilpatrick Civic Fund may have been important figures in the sludge hauling contract that saw city council president Monica Conyers (wife of Rep. John Conyers) and her chief of staff Sam Riddle convicted for conspiracy and bribery. "Kilpatrick and his father also figured, but have not been charged, in evidence surrounding a bribery-tainted, $1.2 billion sewage sludge contract the Detroit City Council awarded to Synagro Technologies Inc. in 2007. According to court documents and people familiar with the case, former Synagro official James Rosendall made large contributions to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund and gave Kilpatrick free flights to Las Vegas and Mackinac Island. Rosendall also told investigators he made cash payments to Bernard N. Kilpatrick, who told Rosendall he got him access to City Hall, records show." Rosendall and a Synagro consultant Rayford Jackson were also convicted of bribery.
    In January 2008, the Detroit Free Press revealed the existence of more than 14,000 text messages exchanged between Kilpatrick and Beatty on their city-issued SkyTel pagers in late 2002 and early 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The dates are of importance because they encompass the time periods of the alleged Manoogian Mansion party and the ouster of Gary Brown respectively. The bulk of the text messages were released in late October 2008 by Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny, who instructed that some portions be redacted. The text messages are the nucleus of an $8.4 million secret deal settlement by the city of Detroit. The attorneys for the city had tried since 2004 to keep the text messages hidden on the grounds that they were personal and private communications. However, a city directive re-authorized by Kilpatrick during his first term as mayor indicated that all electronic communication sent on city equipment should be "used in an honest, ethical, and legal manner" and cautions, "is not considered to be personal or private." The mayor's spokesman said the policy only applies to city-owned equipment, and the text-messages are exempt since they were sent on a city-leased device.
  • 2007
    Age 36
    The trial began in August 2007 with Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, both denying they were involved in an extramarital affair.
    More Details Hide Details In his testimony, Kilpatrick expressed anger about claims of an affair between him and Beatty and under oath said: The trial ended on September 11, 2007, after three hours of jury deliberation, in a verdict awarding the plaintiffs $6.5 million in damages. In an angry speech in front of City Hall made minutes after the verdict was read, Kilpatrick blamed the "wrong verdict" on white suburbanite jurors. Kilpatrick also stated "There's race in this, and we run from it in this region. And I think it's impossible for us to move forward as a region without confronting it head-on. But I don't want what has happened in the past 24 months to be erased by what has happened in the last two days." Kilpatrick vowed to appeal the verdict, but weeks later during stalled settlement negotiations quickly approved an $8.4 million settlement upon learning of a motion by Mike Stefani, the police officers' attorney, which contained evidence that Kilpatrick and Beatty perjured themselves in their deposition and trial testimony. The Detroit City Council voted to pay the $8.4 million to the two officers involved in the civil suit and a third former officer who filed a separate lawsuit against Kilpatrick. The Detroit City Council was not made aware of the text messages or a confidentiality agreement to keep them private when Kilpatrick and city lawyers requested the council to approve the $8.4 million settlement.
  • 2006
    Age 35
    Kilpatrick was hospitalized and diagnosed with diverticulitis in Houston, Texas, in July 2006.
    More Details Hide Details His personal physician indicated that Kilpatrick's condition may have been caused by a high-protein weight-loss diet. Detroit's city council voted unanimously to approve Kilpatrick’s tax plan, which he said he hoped would provide homeowners some relief from the city’s high property tax rates. The cuts ranged from 18% to 35%, depending on the property’s value. The city was 14 months late in filing its 2005–2006 audit and in March 2008 estimated that it would cost an additional $2.4 million because of new auditing requirements that were not addressed by the city. The 2006–2007 fiscal year audit due on December 31, 2007, was expected to be 11 months late. The State Treasury chose to withhold $35 million of its monthly revenue sharing to the city and required Detroit to receive approval before selling bonds to raise money. Kilpatrick told the city council that he would take partial blame for the late audits because he laid off too many accountants, but he also blamed the firm hired to replace them.
    In January 2006, the Detroit News reported that "Kilpatrick used his special administrator authority to bypass the water board and City Council on three controversial contracts."
    More Details Hide Details These included a $131 million radio system for the city's police and fire departments, as well as a no-bid PR contract to a close personal aide. Nevertheless, Judge Feikens praised the mayor's work as steward of the department, referring questions on the contracts to the special master in charge of that investigation.
  • 2005
    Age 34
    In October 2005, a third-party group supporting Kilpatrick named The Citizens for Honest Government caused controversy with an advertisement which compared media criticism of him to lynch mobs.
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick and his opponent Freman Hendrix, both Democrats, initially claimed victory, but as the votes were tallied, it became clear that Kilpatrick had come back from his stretch of unpopularity to win a second term in office. Only three months prior to that, most commentators declared his political career over after he was the first incumbent mayor of Detroit to come in second in a primary. Pre-election opinion polls predicted a large win for Hendrix; however, Kilpatrick won with 53% of the vote. Kilpatrick's re-election had a great deal of controversy, with nursing home workers claiming that Kilpatrick campaign workers came into the homes and "helped" elderly voters with Alzheimer's disease "fill-out" their ballots.
    At a May 2005 campaign rally, Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, adamantly argued that the alleged party that the Mayor held at the Manoogian Mansion was a lie.
    More Details Hide Details He also implied such statements were akin to "a lie" that Jewish people caused Germany's problems in the 1930s led to the Holocaust in Europe. Bernard later apologized.
    In May 2005, the Detroit Free Press reported that over the first 33 months of his term, Kilpatrick had charged over $210,000 on his city-issued credit card for travel, meals, and entertainment.
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    When serious questions about water department contracts came to light in late 2005 Judge Feikens ended Kilpatrick’s special administratorship in his capacity as Mayor.
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    In 2005, TIME magazine named Kilpatrick as one of the worst mayors in America.
    More Details Hide Details Since the 1970s, a federal judge had made the Detroit mayor the special administrator of the Detroit Water Department because of severe pollution issues.
  • 2004
    Age 33
    The lawsuit stemmed from a 2004 incident in which the two police officers pulled Beatty over for speeding.
    More Details Hide Details The officers claimed that Beatty was irate at being stopped and bluntly asked the officers, "Do you know who the fuck I am?" when the officers came to the vehicle. The officers alleged that, while stopped, Beatty called Bully-Cummings to have the officers called off, which they were ordered to do. When reports of the incident started to surface in the media, Bully-Cummings said the officers harassed Beatty, and Kilpatrick said the stop "looked like a setup". The parties in the lawsuit entered into mediation which recommended a settlement of $25,000 which was rejected twice by the Detroit City Council.
  • 2002
    Age 31
    Chapa claimed that he saw an injured woman brought to the hospital by three plainclothes Detroit Police Department officers in the autumn of 2002, and heard the woman say she had been attacked by Carlita Kilpatrick.
    More Details Hide Details Chapa also said that he ran into medical technician Doug Bayer, and had told him about what he had seen; Bayer had previously told State Police of such an encounter. In 2003, a civil lawsuit was filed against Kilpatrick by his ex-bodyguard Harold Nelthrope and former Deputy Chief Police Gary Brown. The police officers claim they were fired because of an internal probe into the mayor's personal actions and that the firing was a violation of the whistleblower law.
    In the fall of 2002, it was alleged that Kilpatrick had held a wild party involving strippers at the Manoogian Mansion, the city-owned residence of the mayor of Detroit. It is alleged by former members of the Executive Protection Unit (EPU), the mayor's police security detail, that Carlita Kilpatrick, Kwame's wife, came home unexpectedly and physically attacked the strippers. Officer Harold C. Nelthrope contacted the Internal Affairs unit of the Detroit Police Department in April 2003 to have them investigate abuses by the EPU.
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick denied any wrongdoing. An investigation by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and the Michigan State Police found no evidence that the party actually happened, though the State Police investigation had been cut short. Nelthrope and Internal Affairs investigator Gary A. Brown allege that they were fired by the Kilpatrick administration in retaliation for investigating the mayor and other superiors. Nelthrope and Brown filed a whistleblower lawsuit and were awarded an $8.4 million settlement. Additionally, two other police officers, Walt Harris and Alvin Bowman, claimed they were retaliated against for their involvement in investigations into the mayor's misconduct. Harris was a former member of the EPU who was identified by the administration as cooperating with the state's investigation, and subsequently suffered a smear campaign in the media by the Kilpatrick Administration. Tamara Greene, a 27-year-old exotic dancer who went by the name "Strawberry", allegedly performed at the Manoogian Mansion party and was allegedly assaulted by Carlita Kilpatrick. Greene was murdered on April 30, 2003, at around 3:40 a.m., near the intersection of Roselawn and West Outer Drive while sitting in her car with her 32-year-old boyfriend. She was shot multiple times with a .40 caliber Glock pistol which, at the time, was the same model and caliber firearm issued by the Detroit Police Department. Investigators believed this to be a "deliberate hit" by a member of the Detroit Police Department. Bowman alleged his investigation was the reason that he was taken off of the case and transferred out of the Detroit Police Department's Homicide Division.
    In his 2002 inaugural address, Kilpatrick said:
    More Details Hide Details He was criticized for using city funds to lease a car for use by his family and using his city-issued credit card to charge thousands of dollars' worth of spa massages, extravagant dining, and expensive wines. Kilpatrick paid back $9,000 of the $210,000 credit card charges. During his first term he closed the century-old Belle Isle Zoo and Belle Isle Aquarium. The City Council overrode his funding veto for the zoo and gave it a budget of $700,000.
  • 2001
    Age 30
    In 2001, Kilpatrick became the youngest mayor of Detroit when elected at age 31.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 27
    Kilpatrick was elected minority floor leader for the Michigan Democratic party, serving in that position 1998 to 2000, and subsequently house minority leader in 2001, the first African American to hold that position.
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick ran for mayor of Detroit with the help of Berg/Muirhead Associates. They were retained as his public relations firm upon his election.
  • 1996
    Age 25
    Kilpatrick was elected in 1996 to the Michigan House of Representatives after his mother vacated the seat to campaign for a position in the United States Congress.
    More Details Hide Details His campaign staff consisted of high school classmates Derrick Miller and Christine Beatty, who became his legislative aide; later, Kilpatrick had an affair with Beatty. According to Kilpatrick, the campaign was run on a budget of $10,000 and did not receive endorsements from trade unions, congressional districts, or the Democratic establishment.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 18
    Kilpatrick's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was a semi-professional basketball player and politician. He was elected to Wayne County Commission, served as head of Wayne County Health and Human Services Department from 1989–2002 and as Chief of Staff to former Wayne County Executive Edward H. McNamara, and later operated a consulting firm called Maestro Associates of Detroit.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 10
    His parents divorced in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Kilpatrick attended Detroit's Cass Technical High School and graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1992 (where he was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and captain of the Rattler football team). He later received a Juris Doctor degree from the Detroit College of Law (now the Michigan State University College of Law) in 1999. He has a sister Ayanna and a half-sister, Diarra.
  • 1979
    Age 8
    His mother, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, was a career politician representing Detroit in Michigan State House from 1979 to 1996 and serving in the United States House of Representatives for Michigan's 13th congressional district from 1996 to 2010. She was not re-elected to office because she lost her primary election on August 3, 2010 to Michigan State Senator Hansen Clarke.
    More Details Hide Details NPR and CBS News both noted that throughout her re-election campaign, she was dogged by questions about Kwame Kilpatrick.
  • 1970
    Born
    Kwame Malik Kilpatrick was born June 8, 1970, to Bernard Kilpatrick and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.
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