Kwame Kilpatrick Latest News
May 25, 2010 by Post Team
Kwame Kilpatrick Latest News:former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to five years in prison today by a Circuit Court of Wayne County for violating terms of his probation. You may remember that Kilpatrick has pleaded guilty in 2008 of two counts of obstruction of justice, accepting an agreement that will serve four months imprisonment, five years probation, his resignation as mayor, to give up their state pension and his law license and pay $ 1 million in restitution to the city of Detroit.
It is this last point that caught Kwame. In February he was late to make a payment of restitution provided in April and a judge found him in violation of his probation. Further investigation revealed that Kilpatrick had been hiding significant funds so that should not be used for payment of restitution. According to the New York Times that he and his family had been living in a luxurious rented house in the suburbs of Dallas, but at one point the former mayor said he could only ridiculously pay $ 6 per month to pay the City.
Kwame Kilpatrick is in jail at least until August 2011 because the judge said at least 18 months of this sentence should be served, and previously served 99 days will be deducted. I’m not sure I understand the purpose of giving a penalty of five years which really means 18 months or less. Is it just to encourage good behavior in the can?
Michigan State Rep. Shanelle Jackson had the gall to criticize this phrase is too hard, and its relationship to the question of the types of large black men who served in jail. She says that because it is a violation of parole non-violent, it sends the wrong message. It could not be more off base. I think it sends exactly the right message (or at least would be if it really serves at least 18 months). We should be more lenient on white collar criminals or perpetrators of political corruption, because they are “non-violent.” The crimes committed in such cases usually involve people much more than an assault charge. It is not necessary to declare war on the rich and powerful, but we recognize through our laws and sentencing that the crimes of corruption and fraud have deep and painful effects on the lives of countless other innocent people.
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