Detroit Mayor Gets 28 Year Sentence For Corruption

Tyler Durden's picture

Following his "yearslong scheme to shakedown contractors and reward allies," Kwame Kilpatrick - who served as Detroit Mayor from 2002 to 2008 - was this morning sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. Regarded by many as a key contributor to Detroit's eventual downfall, it seems Kilpatrick is somewhat repentant, stating, "the people here are suffering, they're hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for." Agents who pored over bank accounts and credit cards said Kilpatrick spent $840,000 beyond his salary during his time as mayor. Having resigned in 2008 over a sexting scandal, the scale of his corruption, prosecutors added, "exacerbated the crisis."



Via Fox News (AP),

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step 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 yearslong 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.




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.




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.




"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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TeamDepends's picture

He kwame, he saw, he grabbed the cash.

smlbizman's picture

next up.....cory booker.....

12ToothAssassin's picture

Wasnt he also a Mayor Against Illegal Guns?

Chuck Norris's picture

If you LIKE what Kwame done to Detroit, you'll LOVE what Obama does to Amerika

NotApplicable's picture

How this differs from any other government entitiy, I have no idea.

Induced Coma's picture

If only we had more laws to prevent this kind of thing from happening. For the children of course...

NoDebt's picture

Keep your ear to the ground about Philadelphia.  Only a matter of time before that heap of "humanity" ends up on the national news.  100% votes for Obama in a lot of precincts last election, hundreds of millions in state and federal aid the last few years and radio shows devoted to telling you exactly how to get your democratic ward leader to elimintate parking tickets for you.  Oh, at the biggest concentration of ambulance-chasing malpractice lawyers anywhere in the country.  The witches brew of corruption.  Detroit's got nothin' on Philly.


ZeroPower's picture

obaMao endorses this thug during a speech:


nmewn's picture

If Obama had a son he would look like Kwame.

g'kar's picture

That would be equal to two Obama sons and a daughter to be named later.

max2205's picture

Was Corzine the judge?

Teddy Tenpole's picture



you come up with that all on your own? 


if Shemp had a son he would sound like nmewn


fixed it :)



g'kar's picture

You are an idiot. There fixed it.

Teddy Tenpole's picture



come on g'kar, you have to at least play by the rules here or else people will think you're the idiot, teehee.

g'kar's picture

Unfounded comment on someone being humorous. Everyone already knows I'm an idiot. Teeheehee

Teddy Tenpole's picture



like mom said, you are what you eat.


of course these people are criminals.  and yes it's a madhouse.  we need better jokes on here, that's all. 


P.S. down arrows for Shemp? Poor Shemp :(

nmewn's picture

I'm sensing some sort of hostility from you there spud.

Was or was not "your boy" playing the race card & being divisive when he made that statement? Is not "your boy" Obama acting just like Kwame (a convicted criminal now) in unlawfully exempting congresscritters & corporations from established, passed law, just because he thinks he can, thus expecting something in return for those actions?

Just like "his boy" Kwame, the criminal.

Yes or no? ;-)

Teddy Tenpole's picture



no hostility, just had a bad humor police are inside of my jeans... moment. 

obama sho ain't ma boy.

I am agnostic, and certainly anti-establishemnt.  I like making money and find this ZH site fascinating.  Like i've said, it's a bunch of old warshed up econ profs on here.


For what it is worth, I bet Obama gets a bullet in his head.  Some 'patriot' from Georgia, white upper middle class, hahahaha


It's too bad that the constitution has been done away with -- some practical ideas in there ;)


btw, the world isn't gonna end there girls


Peace Out


nmewn's picture

So you pencil in, you like making money.

And you're from the midwest & you're betting some white upper middle class "patriot" from Georgia is gonna put a bullet in his head.

Interesting, don't know how you got there.

The last person to try and have a personal conversation with him was a upper class black woman (surprisingly enough) from Connecticut, with her daddy baby in the car (of all things) who died in a hail of DC cop gunfire.

Good luck wid dat bet, you're gonna need it.

Everythings going along swimmingly, don't you think? ;-)

Teddy Tenpole's picture


When haven't things been going swimmingly?  LOL

I am trying to understand this place, ZH.


It's like every person on here is a savant.  You can quote history but haven't appeared to have learned a damn thing from it.  It's a perverted mirror on here of, in my opinion, the baby boom generation.  It's like reading a real world account of quantum physics.

the doomers meet the boomers in a perfectly collapsed reality... as the observer I am influencing it too -- ha!

I get accused of being angry (sorry for not actually saying sarc.) and dogpiled by 30 angry readers.


anyways, I like it here and have made it part of my reality so thank you for caring.

Let's move beyond the truisms here and figure out just what it is that triggers the collapse (and yes, bullish until either just before that moment OR good news)





















nmewn's picture

You're not bringing anything to ZH, which is what ZH really is.

" the observer I am influencing it too..."

No, you're not, read more, talk less, until you understand what this place is.

There are: doctors, lawyers, economists, politicians, military, spooks, trolls, electricains, plumbers, architects, engineers, mathematicians, professors, artists, musicians, students, farmers, historians, frauds & famous on here...all of it.

All that and more, anonymously...tread softly, a big mouth will get you nowhere.

MontgomeryScott's picture

T.T. seemed to have been pulled off mid-response by his handlers in Haifa, Alexandria, or wherever.

He was trying to 'feel out' stuff over here, Nmwen. It appears that his handers saw that he was not doing a good job (if you will notice by the final comment, where he inadvertanly leaned on the 'enter' button; hence the 'big empty space' as he was trying to explain to his handler what was going wrong (of course, it wasn't 'HIS fault!').

Well, perhaps (probably, in fact), I am correct.

Any takers on this bet?

nmewn's picture

I thought the assassination gambit was especially amatuerish on his part. I mean, who runs around saying shit like that unless one is an idiot or a cop/spook...or

Debt Slave's picture

He's not as slick as Corzine.

Nothing but the truth.'s picture

Too bad for this dude that he wasn't a banker - they steal far more and never get indicted or jailed.

A Lunatic's picture

Yes he was, Most of the MAIG crowd are known criminals........

Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG

hedgeless_horseman's picture



He had all the qualifications it takes to be elected these days in the big city.



SAT 800's picture

Another fucking sub-normal spear chucker. More racism, we need more racism; lot's more.

smlbizman's picture

like patrick  ewing said..."we's may make lots of money...but we spend alot too"....

The Gooch's picture

900 grand?

That ain't but a stone on Barrypimp's chalice.

Also, DALEY.

Arius's picture

What a Joke...  do sheeple really fell for this stuff .... 840,000 you got to be kidding ... how about the billions, and trillions? 

who are the REAL culprits ... not the Kevin Henry and Janet Yellen of the world but the guys who already skipped town ...

MrTown3's picture

Is your dick that little? 

it aint easy's picture

Dang, the melonpopes are at it again!

TeamDepends's picture

You got it!  LAPD police dogs are racist, you heard it here!


max2205's picture

You had me at Kwame.....

MontgomeryScott's picture

I just read this article about 15 minutes ago. Of course, i come over to ZH, and someone has already posted it ahead of me...

This place is pretty good, you know?

prains's picture



A politician not from Chicago going to jail?  Strange...

Ness.'s picture

Mr. (Jesse Jr.) Jackson, 48, received 30 months in prison for spending $750,000 from his campaign on personal items. His wife, Sandi, 49, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for omitting $580,000 in income from the couple’s tax returns while they lived lavishly.


Damn Kwame!?!  You got screwed dawg.  Dat shit is racist.  You should call Jesse Jackson Sr. to protest this outrageousness.



Nick Jihad's picture

And like Marion Barry, he'll be re-elected the moment he emerges from the slammer. That's why Kwame got 28 years - it's the only way to keep him from pursuing re-election.

rtalcott's picture

Small time criminal compared to the DC guys and girls....and if he gets 28 years....what should the big guys and girls get?  This guy didn't even pocket a million $$$$.

prains's picture

on a relative scale he didn't even require shrink wrapped pallets

Urban Redneck's picture

He's the bitch, not the pimp. All politicians are. They are the I in ROI. You can buy your very own pet congress critter for a million if you chose wisely. Look at Barry's pimps, how much did they pay to put him in office vs. how much did he turn around and funnel to them through the shovel-ready green jobs stimulus (aka the state public union superfluous employee retention scam), the bank bailouts, the auto bailouts... Barry's ass has pulled in TRILLIONS of dollars for his pimps, making him probably the most successful ho in all of bitch history.

squexx's picture

He's less corrupt than Obama and Eric Holder. Both of them need to be in cells next to his!

wee-weed up's picture

Hell, Obama will probably pardon him!

Freddie's picture

Kwame will be Obama's running mate in 2016.