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Ex-Detroit Mayor Heads to Jail

POSTED: 01:34 PM ET, 10/28/2008 by Derek Kravitz

(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.

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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 (Bill Pugliano/Getty)

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 In the News
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almost doesn't pay to be in politics...........or does it? We need to figure out how to get obama now.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | October 28, 2008 2:55 PM

"We need to figure out how to get obama now"
You Rednecks really make me sick!

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | October 28, 2008 3:16 PM

He doesn't look like a redneck to me

Posted by: DESACRATION | October 28, 2008 3:42 PM

almost doesn't pay to be in politics...........or does it? We need to figure out how to get obama now.

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ARE YOU SERIOUS???!!!

Posted by: fay_26 | October 28, 2008 3:53 PM

charlietuna666 -- You will get Barack Obama on November 4th, a week from today... Like it or not! In the meantime I hope you don't get an aneurism trying to figure it out! An ole' saying goes "BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR!" In this case you can't compare apples to oranges. Barack is definitely no Kwame!

Posted by: perryk1 | October 28, 2008 5:20 PM

This is the classic case where the world view looks beyond the spiritual view. Insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Wake up people, take a stand, stop going to the bank with monoply money and expecting to exchange it for currency that will buy you truth. This is about how we live our lives spiritually. If you build your house on sand, you surely open a door to the possibilty of destruction to you and your family. Who is the father in this horrible chain of events? Yes he is the father of lies, clearly it is written, and you can not serve two Gods. http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/emanuel/smoothcriminal.htm The time is at hand that we take a stand and fight off the enemy using the love that God teaches us. When we take an oath to better our human race, we have made a decison to change who we are and submit our lives to the human challenge. This means sacrifice of self, the old man (woman) is gone and the new man (woman)is here. When we are challenged within this new life, we are to seek counsel. Leave the monoply game at home for the children and the worldly adults. This is a spiritual warfare, change the defense to offense and use God's Word along with prayer and get the job done.

Posted by: universal_vision | October 28, 2008 6:26 PM

I know it won't happen, but how I wish Kwame could share a cell with Sen. Ted Stevens. Maybe with a mural of the Ten Commandments on the wall.

Posted by: ghostmoves | October 28, 2008 9:47 PM

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