Ex-Detroit Mayor Heads to Jail
(UPDATED 4:38 p.m.): A judge has sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to four months in a county jail, stipulating that the man once dubbed the nation's "first hip-hop mayor" would not be released early.
The judge told Kilpatrick that he exhibited "hubris and privilege at the expense of the city," as the former mayor shook his head. Kilpatrick's law license was also ordered to be revoked.
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, convicted of lying under oath to hide an affair with his chief of staff, is set to begin a four-month stint in county jail today, a fall from grace for a man once considered one of the Democratic Party's rising stars.
Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice Sept. 4 as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. As part of that agreement, Kilpatrick also resigned, agreed to pay $1 million in restitution, serve five years' probation and agree not to run for office in that five-year span.
(Assuming Kilpatrick is sentenced before dinnertime, his first jailhouse meal would include beef pot pie, gravy and a dinner roll, The Detroit Free Press reports. His fellow inmates also offered words of advice for the former mayor, noting that inmates are already drawing pictures of Kilpatrick "with a sad face" and telling him to be "careful" since the facility's "toilets haven't been cleaned since God knows when.")
Kilpatrick was charged in March with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and misconduct in office after the Free Press obtained text messages (copies of the messages) sent between the mayor and his then-chief of staff Christine Beatty.
Since his legal troubles started, Kilpatrick has cost the city of Detroit at least $13 million in attorney charges, lawsuit settlements, new elections and lost events because of his "travails," according to figures calculated by the Free Press.
And Kilpatrick's legacy might best be defined some of his extravagances that sullied his time in office, according to Time magazine's brief retrospective of the ex-mayor.
By Derek Kravitz |
October 28, 2008; 1:34 PM ET
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