28 years in prison for corrupt ex-Detroit mayor

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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, 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 years-long 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.

"A man with the charisma and ability of Mr. Kilpatrick chose to use his talents on personal aggrandizement and enrichment when he had the potential to do so much for the city," Judge Nancy Edmunds said before imposing the sentence.

The sentence was a victory for prosecutors, who had recommended Kilpatrick serve at least 28 years in prison, while defense attorneys argued for no more than 15 years.

"I want the city to heal. I want it to prosper. I want the city to be great again," Kilpatrick said in his remarks to the judge. "I want the city to have the same feeling it had in 2006 when the Super Bowl was here."

Kilpatrick, a Democrat, quit office in 2008 in a different scandal that was extraordinary at the time but seems smaller compared with the sweeping federal probe that has led to the convictions of more than 30 people. Sexually explicit text messages revealed that Kilpatrick had lied during a trial to cover up an affair with his top aide, Christine Beatty, and to hide the reasons for demoting or firing police officers who suspected wrongdoing at city hall.

Detroit voters soon will elect a third mayor since Kilpatrick's departure, although the city is under the control of an emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, for at least another year. Orr, with the blessing of Michigan's governor, took Detroit into bankruptcy in July, saying there was no other way to solve $18 billion in long-term debt. The case is pending.

"Kilpatrick is not the main culprit of the city's historic bankruptcy, which is the result of larger social and economic forces at work for decades. But his corrupt administration exacerbated the crisis," prosecutors said in a court filing last week.
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Kilpatrick? - Black Irish... tss tsss
 

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Has MSNBC decided whether to claim Kilpatrick was a Libertarian or a Tea Partier?
 

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Has MSNBC decided whether to claim Kilpatrick was a Libertarian or a Tea Partier?
He certainly wasn't a Black or a Democrat. Two pieces of the Holy Trinity.
 

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But he's a good boy...
 

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meh...I predict he's out in 14...re-elected as mayor of Detroit in 15.
 

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meh...I predict he's out in 14...re-elected as mayor of Detroit in 15.
Out in 14 years but he will be elected 5 years into his prison sentence. Just like whats his name getting elected in Chicago while he was in a loony bin.
 

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meh...I predict he's out in 14...re-elected as mayor of Detroit in 15.
Jesse Jacksons son your talking about. He was also accused (I dont remember if he was convicted) of misappropriation of campaign funds as well. He and his wifed used to buy bling and cars
 

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This makes me sad that Terry broke up with Catherine Martin (who traded being trapped in a well for being trapped in a bad marriage)
I miss Jon Voight dancing at the gay bar...


Also, I've met Kwame's mother-- one of the least impressive, inarticulate, unintelligent people on the planet (and that's excluding any judgement on her political philosophy).
 

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Detroit needs Robocop now more than ever
 

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Here's a black journalist from Detroit who is going to dispel all those awful rayciss myths about what caused the shitifcation of Detroit...



Stephen Henderson: Finally, dispelling the myths behind Detroit's decline

http://www.freep.com/article/201309...bankruptcy-Coleman-Young-unions-reasons-truth
Here are the myths as he sees them...

Black leadership ruined Detroit.

White flight doomed the city.

High taxes caused Detroit’s demise.

Deindustrialization drove the city to bankruptcy.

State government caused Detroit’s financial crisis.

It’s all Coleman Young’s fault.
And he's going to shatter those myths...

If you take anything from Free Press reporters Nathan Bomey and John Gallagher’s examination of Detroit’s multi-decade slide into insolvency, it should be that each of those narratives is hogwash.
Hogwash! Hogwash, he tells ya!

And that's about all he tells ya. Here's his explanation of what really drove Detroit into the shitter...

But they are dangerous distractions. No one factor drove Detroit’s decline. No one person cast the city’s fortunes or doomed its future. It was the confluence of a great many things, over a spectacular span of time, that produced the mess that sits before federal bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes.
There you have it. It wasn't just one person, or one specific thing that flushed Detroit down the shitter.

And that was it... that was about his entire myth-shattering arguement... It was a shitstorm of many things.

Yes... we know... it was many things and people. Things and people like this...

Black leadership ruined Detroit.

White flight doomed the city.

High taxes caused Detroit’s demise.

Deindustrialization drove the city to bankruptcy.

State government caused Detroit’s financial crisis.

It’s all Coleman Young’s fault.
 
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All you need to know about Detroit...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mayors_of_Detroit

Scroll down and you'll see the trend that lead to Detroit's downfall. They sealed their own fate by popular election.
Well that is the demo there now... go figure... I said figure...

Race and ethnicity
As of the 2010 Census, the racial composition of the city was:

In addition, 6.8% of the population self-identified as Hispanic or Latino, of any race, with ancestry mainly from Mexico and Puerto Rico
 

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Well that is the demo there now... go figure... I said figure...

Race and ethnicity
As of the 2010 Census, the racial composition of the city was:

In addition, 6.8% of the population self-identified as Hispanic or Latino, of any race, with ancestry mainly from Mexico and Puerto Rico
The only actual white people left in that hellhole are a handful of hipsters who think it's edgy and rebellious to live in the rubble of failed social experiment.