Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Kwame Kilpatrick To Get Hard Time For Probation Violations

99 days in jail didn't convince former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to follow the straight and narrow. The Detroit Democrat decided not to pay restitution, even though he was living the high life after serving 99 days for obstructing justice.

He will now serve up to five years in prison.
A judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick up to five years in prison for violating the terms of his probation on an obstruction of justice conviction.

An audible gasp erupted in the courtroom as deputies rushed to a row where Kilpatrick's family and friends were sitting, The Detroit Free Press reported. One woman was escorted out, the newspaper said.

"Your testimony in this court amounted to perjury," the judge told Kilpatrick, according to the Free Press. "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."

Kilpatrick had asked Judge David Groner to show him compassion during the Tuesday hearing, but Groner said "that ship has sailed."
Compassion? Hah. The initial sentence was far too lenient, and this episode shows that Kilpatrick holds the justice system in contempt as well as his own obligations under the law.

He also was fired from his job for the probation violation. Kilpatrick went to work for Compuware and got a six-figure salary for his efforts.

Kilpatrick had the ability to repay the full amount, but managed to set himself up in a million dollar mansion outside Dallas, Texas, owned expensive vehicles and even provided money for his wife's cosmetic surgery.

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