Thu Oct 10, 2013, 01:10 PM
Blue_Tires (43,614 posts)
Kwame Kilpatrick, ex-Detroit mayor, sentenced to 28 years in jail
ETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble.
Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial.
“I’m ready to go so the city can move on,” Kilpatrick told the judge. “The people here are suffering, they’re hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for.”
In March, Kilpatrick, 43, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes. The government called it the “Kilpatrick enterprise,” a yearslong scheme to shake down contractors and reward allies. He was doomed by his own text messages, which revealed efforts to fix deals for a pal, Bobby Ferguson, an excavator who got millions of dollars in city work through the water department.
Contractors said they were forced to take on Ferguson as a partner or risk losing lucrative deals. The government alleged that he in turn shared cash with Kilpatrick.
Agents who pored over bank accounts and credit cards said Kilpatrick spent $840,000 beyond his salary during his time as mayor. Defense attorneys tried to portray the money as generous gifts from political supporters who opened their wallets for birthdays or holidays.
The government said Kilpatrick also tapped a nonprofit fund, which was created to help distressed Detroit residents, to pay for yoga, camps for his kids, golf clubs and travel.
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Kwame Kilpatrick, ex-Detroit mayor, sentenced to 28 years in jail (Original post)
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Thu Oct 10, 2013, 01:15 PM
MADem (123,001 posts)
1. Wow. That's hefty. Makes the Illinois gov's sentence look like a piece of cake.
Blago got, what, fourteen?
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Thu Oct 10, 2013, 01:33 PM
MADem (123,001 posts)
3. And Jim Traficant of Youngstown OH, he of the Squirrel On His Head, served a scant seven years.
And let's not forget Duke "Top Gun" Cunningham (what an unmitigated asshole--talk about someone who violated his oathS on more than one occasion), who got ten years in 2006 but managed to get released this year.