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Kwame Kilpatrick is asking a federal judge to expunge $1.5 million in restitution Kilpatrick has been ordered to pay the city of Detroit. This could be a fool’s errand.

“There is NO LOSS TO THE CITY OF DETROIT IN THIS CASE WHATSOEVER!”  Kilpatrick wrote to U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Kilpatrick, who is serving a 28-year prison term for corruption when he was mayor of Detroit, wants Edmonds to allow him to travel from Oklahoma back to Detroit so he can argue his case in person.

Here is how The Detroit Free Press explains it:

Kilpatrick, through his attorney Harold Gurewitz, argues that he is being punished for a crime he claims he didn’t commit: bid rigging. Specifically, Gurewitz argues that Kilpatrick’s restitution tab is based on a contract that prosecutors claim was infected by bid-rigging, when the jury “was not required to make any determination that the alleged-bid rigging occurred.”

Kilpatrick is hoping a judge will let him off the hook for the $1.5 million, but given the seriousness of the charges his plea may be a longshot: Kilpatrick, 47, was convicted in 2013 on 24 counts for crimes including fraud, bribery, extortion and racketeering.

He will be eligible to be released from prison in 2037 and Kilpatrick will be 67 years old. Maybe Kilpatrick is looking ahead and trying to prevent paying the $1.5 million once he becomes a free man. And here’s a fact the court is perhaps overlooking: Kilpatrick probably doesn’t have the money. So is the court order simply a symbolic gesture?

I interviewed Kilpatrick in 2010 following his 99-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to felony perjury charges, which resulted from an affair with Christine Beatty, his former chief of staff. The affair was revealed after prosecutors obtained 14,000 text messages between Kilpatrick and Beatty.

Elected as the youngest mayor in Detroit’s history, Kilpatrick told me that he had been spiritually transformed and that he was accepting his punishment, he wanted to learn from his mistakes, and do right by the city of Detroit.

“Lord knows I don’t ever want to go back [to jail], but it was not all negative, and I need to say that,” Kilpatrick said in a one-hour interview from his residence in Dallas in 2010. “God had me right where he wanted me.”

Kilpatrick told me that he had searched his soul. He said that he prayed on his knees most nights, had found the Lord and claimed to be a better man since spending three months behind bars.

In the interview, Kilpatrick admitted that he lied to his family, cheated on his wife and ignored his children, but with the help of Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas, Kilpatrick said at the time that he was walking on solid spiritual ground.

“I don’t think my punishment was just about lying about an affair,” Kilpatrick said in a moment of reflection. “I think my punishment was turning my back on God who sent me to that position as mayor.”

“I understand what my position as mayor meant to our community, and I know my reckless behavior disappointed people and, quite honestly, ripped apart a lot of people. My family and people’s hopes were ripped apart,” Kilpatrick said. “I want people to know how sorry I am for letting them down.”

Kilpatrick was 31 years old when he was elected mayor of Detroit, an energized “hip-hop” leader and the son of influential former congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.

“I was out there on a snow plow; if there was a shooting, I was there,” Kilpatrick said. “Nobody had ever done that before, but I missed my kids’ games, dinners at home, anniversaries with my wife. Nothing mattered except doing my job for the city of Detroit, and in doing that job, I failed.”

I don’t know what Kilpatrick is thinking today because he has granted few media interviews – if any – since my conversation with him seven years ago.

I only know that Kilpatrick is reneging on his obligation to pay the $1.5 million in restitution a judge says he owes so I’m left to wonder if Kilpatrick is failing Detroit again.

What do you think?


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15 thoughts on “Kwame Kilpatrick Doesn’t Think He Owes Detroit Anything

  1. m͓̽y͓̽ Un͓̽c͓̽l͓̽e͓̽ r͓̽y͓̽a͓̽n͓̽ g͓̽o͓̽t͓̽ a͓̽ ve͓̽r͓̽y͓̽ n͓̽ i͓̽c͓̽e͓̽ Vo͓̽l͓̽ k͓̽s͓̽w͓̽a͓̽g͓̽e͓̽n͓̽ j͓̽e͓̽t͓̽t͓̽a͓̽ s͓̽p͓̽o͓̽r͓̽t͓̽w͓̽a͓̽g͓̽e͓̽n͓̽ j͓̽us͓̽t͓̽ b͓̽y͓̽ w͓̽o͓̽r͓̽ k͓̽ i͓̽n͓̽g͓̽ o͓̽n͓̽l͓̽ i͓̽n͓̽e͓̽ a͓̽t͓̽
    h͓̽o͓̽m͓̽e͓̽… s͓̽e͓̽e͓̽ m͓̽o͓̽r͓̽e͓̽………….

  2. He is too full of himself and the shii that stinks has gotten to his head. He had it all – HAD it all and got too big for his big ass britches – thought he was above the law – so act like a big boy and wear your big boy pants and take the punishment that you were dealt (certainly if you’re changed, you understand that restitution doesn’t go away because you finally see the light – Where’s your side piece? Why can’t she help you pay back this debt that you both enjoyed? You were given an opportunity and YOU and only YOU F’d it up!!!

  3. specialt757 on said:

    um perhaps, it may seem excessive for the crime, but the judge obviously was sending a message, oh and he’s black too. Can’t steal those folk’s money, that’s worse than murder (in their minds). Perhaps after fulfilling this sentence he really will be a “changed” man. Ninety days wasn’t long enough the first time. Sit down b- and be humble (my new favorite song) lol

  4. Joanne Hendy on said:

    He deserved jail time, but 28 years for extortion seems excessive to me. My ex’s son killed a 4 year old with punches to his stomach and got 20 years ( should have gotten life).

  5. specialt757 on said:

    Y’all know he’s broke. I guess he better shop some movie and tv mini-series deals. Damn big-ass dummy! He had an opportunity to be great and do great things for a failing city, to be instrumental in the revitalization of such an important city in U.S. history. But nope, as usual greed is way to powerful and another bites the dust.

  6. This turd is obviously delusional!!!!!

    If Kwame had not been so avid about living beyond his means and stealing taxpayers $$$$
    so he could live LARGE-he would not be where he is-IN JAIL!!!!!

    Prison time has not humbled this arrogant POS.

    Kwame should be made to make restitution to the city of Detroit for all of the $$$$ his
    big fat ass STOLE!!!!!!!!!

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