Kwame Kilpatrick

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Detroit's Ex-Mayor Gets 28 Years

Kwame Kilpatrick would be free at age 71 if he serves it all

(Newser) - One reason Detroit is such a mess: lousy leaders. Witness former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who got sentenced today to 28 years in prison for a slew of corruption charges stemming from his tenure from 2002 into 2008. The 43-year-old "appeared stunned" at the severity of the sentence, reports the... More »

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Found Guilty

Kwame Kilpatrick headed back to prison after racketeering conviction

(Newser) - Kwame Kilpatrick is headed back to prison after a jury today convicted the former Detroit mayor and rising Democrat star on a host of corruption-related charges, including racketeering conspiracy, extortion, mail fraud, and tax charges. Kilpatrick shook his head as the verdicts were read out, the Detroit Free Press reports.... More »

Detroit Mayor, Already in Jail, Indicted Again

(Newser) - Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick can't catch a break. Currently serving at least 14 months in prison for parole violations stemming from a 2008 conviction of perjury, misconduct in office and obstruction of justice from the so-called Text Messaging Scandal, he's now been indicted by a grand jury on 19 counts... More »

Probation Violation Sends Ex-Detroit Mayor to Prison

Kawme Kilpatrick sentenced to 1½ to 5 years, loses his job

(Newser) - Courtroom spectators gasped today when a judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to between 1½ and 5 years in prison, far exceeding the sentencing guideline of zero to 17 months for violating his probation. 'This is all because of the actions of you, Mr. Kilpatrick,” Judge David Groner... More »

Cheaters, Beware Your E-Trail

How could Tiger Woods be stupid enough to text his alleged mistresses?

(Newser) - If Tiger Woods really did send flirty text messages to Jaimee Grubbs as she claims, then he’s a moron. Did he miss the John Ensign scandal? Or the Kwame Kilpatrick one? Or heck, Puck’s sexting incident on Glee? Digital missives brought down all three. Of course, it’s... More »

Why Sanford May Avoid Spitzer's Fate

(Newser) - The calls for Mark Sanford to resign are growing louder, but recent history suggests that the South Carolina governor has a chance to hold on, writes the Washington Times. While every politician who admits an affair faces calls to quit, only those who have committed real crimes are hounded from... More »

Former NBA Star Bing Wins Detroit Mayor's Race

He replaces disgraced Kilpatrick

(Newser) - Businessman and professional basketball Hall-of-Famer Dave Bing has been elected Detroit's newest mayor and will serve through the end of the year. The 65-year-old Detroit Pistons great defeated incumbent and fellow Democrat Ken Cockrel Jr. today in a special runoff election, 52.3% to 47.7%. More »

Detroit Mayoral Race Looks Like NBA Reunion

(Newser) - NBA Hall of Famer Dave Bing, who’s running for mayor of Detroit, is turning to the political branch of the “NBA family” for support, the Detroit News reports. Former senator and presidential candidate Bill Bradley will appear next week with retired Suns point guard Kevin Johnson, now the... More »

Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Out of Jail

99 days in jail on obstruction, assault charges for 38-year-old

(Newser) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is a free man once again, the News reports. Kilpatrick left prison at 12:35 this morning, after spending 99 days of a 4-month sentence in an isolated cell on obstruction of justice charges related to an affair he had with his chief of staff.... More »

Judge Sends Detroit's 'Arrogant' Ex-Mayor to Jail

(Newser) - If Detroit's ousted mayor hoped to catch a break in court today, he was very much disappointed, the Detroit News reports. After upbraiding Kwame Kilpatrick as "arrogant" and "defiant," the judge told the disgraced politician he'd have to serve his full 4-month sentence for obstructing justice with... More »

Obama Smears Are Low-Profile Precision Strikes

Efforts to emphasize Democrat's "foreign-ness" dodge publicity

(Newser) - This election’s smear campaigns are precision strikes flying under the radar, unlike the publicity assault from the Swift Boat attacks last time around, the New York Times reports. An independent group has run cable ads heavy on racial overtones in Detroit’s suburbs, linking Barack Obama to controversial black... More »

Detroit Mess May Hurt Obama

In battleground Michigan, GOP seizing on Dem's support of ousted Detroit mayor

(Newser) - The fall of Kwame Kilpatrick could hurt Barack Obama’s chances in all-important Michigan, writes Keith Naughton for Newsweek. Long before the scandal broke, Obama embraced Kilpatrick at a Detroit event and told a crowd the “great” mayor would do “astounding things for many years to come”—... More »

'I'm Set for Comeback,' Boasts Booted Detroit Mayor

Plea-deal felon apologizes, talks of his 'standards for excellence'

(Newser) - Hours after pleading guilty to two felony perjury charges, disgraced Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick gave a televised address that the Detroit Free Press called part apology, part campaign speech. "This city always gets up," said Kilpatrick, pointing out the "standards for excellence" he has established. "I... More »

Detroit's Mayor Admits He Lied, Will Step Down

Kilpatrick to serve 4 months for perjury; still faces assault charges

(Newser) - Detroit’s embattled mayor plead guilty to perjury charges today, admitting that he lied under oath during a police whistleblower trial, the Detroit Free Press reports. In a deal that requires him to resign, Kwame Kilpatrick will serve 4 months in jail on two felony counts of obstruction of justice... More »

Detroit Mayor Dickers Over Jail Time in Plea

Prison now appears unavoidable for embattled Kilpatrick

(Newser) - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is weighing whether to enter a plea deal this morning that will cost him jail time, the Detroit Free Press reports. A lawyer for Kilpatrick, who faces felony perjury charges, said Kilpatrick was negotiating jail time, probation and retaining the right to run for future office.... More »

Detroit Mayor's Job on Line in Hearing Today

Kilpatrick loses appeal to block fallout from love affair

(Newser) - A state hearing to determine if Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be booted from office is back on the schedule today after the mayor lost an appeal to block it. Kilpatrick’s lawyer had argued that the hearing established Michigan's governor as "judge, jury and executioner," reports the... More »

Mich. Gov OKs Ouster Hearing on Kilpatrick

Unusual step could boot Detroit mayor from office for 3 years

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will hold hearings next week on allegations that Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick misled City Council for personal gain, the Detroit News reports. The proceedings, which could remove Kilpatrick from public office for 3 years, are above and beyond criminal perjury and assault charges the beleaguered mayor... More »

Detroit Mayor Rejects Deal to Step Down

Embattled Kilpatrick would have had one assault charge nixed

(Newser) - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has rejected a plea deal in his assault case that would have forced him to resign, the Detroit Free Press reports. The judge in the case declined to discuss the mayor’s bond, which confines him to Detroit, and set a court date for Monday. This... More »

Indicted Detroit Mayor Seen as Obama Liability

Dems mull uninviting Kilpatrick to Denver; GOP links two in ad

(Newser) - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is, like Barack Obama, a charismatic black Democrat. He’s also facing multiple felony charges and recently spent a night in jail for violating conditions of his bond. The GOP thinks he could hurt Obama in Michigan come November, the Detroit News reports. Kilpatrick and Obama... More »

Judge Says Detroit Mayor Can See Sis

Kilpatrick ducks another night in jail as court rejects violation

(Newser) - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick dodged another visit to jail this morning when a judge ruled that his weekend contact with his sister was not a violation of the terms of his bond, even though she was present at the incident that got him into trouble in the first place. The... More »

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