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Kwame Kilpatrick

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Kwame Malik Kilpatrick born June 8, 1970 is an American former politician, having served as a Democratic Michigan state representative and mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008 He resigned as mayor in September 2008 after being convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail and was released on probation after serving 99 days

On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to five years in state prison for violating his probation,4 and served time at the Oaks Correctional Facility in northwest Michigan On March 11, 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering5 On October 10, 2013, Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison6


  • 1 Early life, education and family
  • 2 Political career
    • 21 Michigan state representative
  • 3 Mayor of Detroit
    • 31 First term
      • 311 Special administratorship
      • 312 2005 re-election campaign
    • 32 Second term
      • 321 Audit reports
      • 322 2008 State of the City address
    • 33 Affiliations
  • 4 Electoral history
  • 5 Controversies, felony trials, and incarceration
    • 51 Alleged incidents of mayoral misconduct
      • 511 Manoogian Mansion party
      • 512 The murder of Tamara Greene
      • 513 Whistleblower trial
      • 514 Text-messaging scandal
      • 515 Criminal charges
    • 52 Slander suit
    • 53 Synagro sludge contract
    • 54 Recall campaign
    • 55 Funneling of state grant money to wife
    • 56 Denial of courtesy protection
    • 57 Preferential hiring of friends and family
    • 58 Abuse of power allegations
    • 59 Assaulting a police officer
    • 510 2010 indictment for tax evasion and mail fraud
    • 511 FBI corruption investigation of Kilpatrick family and friends
    • 512 SEC investigation into pension funds influence peddling
    • 513 Resignation and incarceration
      • 5131 First sentencing and incarceration
      • 5132 Restitution hearing
      • 5133 Second sentencing and incarceration
    • 514 2012–2013 felony corruption trial and conviction
  • 6 Post-mayoralty
    • 61 Memoir
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Early life, education and familyedit

Kwame Malik Kilpatrick was born June 8, 1970, to Bernard Kilpatrick and Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick His parents divorced in 19817 Kilpatrick attended Detroit's Cass Technical High School and graduated from Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science in 1992 He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and had been captain of the Rattler football team In 1999 he received a Juris Doctor degree from the Detroit College of Law now the Michigan State University College of Law8 He has a sister Ayanna and a half-sister, Diarra7

His mother, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, was a career politician representing Detroit in Michigan State House from 1979 to 1996 and serving in the United States House of Representatives for Michigan's 13th congressional district from 1996 to 2010 She was not re-elected to office because she lost her primary election on August 3, 2010 to Michigan State Senator Hansen Clarke NPR and CBS News both noted that throughout her re-election campaign, she was dogged by questions about her son Kwame Kilpatrick910

Kilpatrick's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was a semi-professional basketball player and politician7 He was elected to the Wayne County Commission, served as head of Wayne County Health and Human Services Department from 1989–2002,11 and as Chief of Staff to former Wayne County Executive Edward H McNamara Later he operated a consulting firm called Maestro Associates of Detroit1213

Political careeredit

See also: Timeline of Kwame Kilpatrick's political career

Michigan state representativeedit

Kwame Kilpatrick was elected in 1996 to the Michigan House of Representatives after his mother vacated the seat to campaign for a position in the United States Congress14

His campaign staff consisted of high school classmates Derrick Miller and Christine Beatty, who became his legislative aide; later, Kilpatrick had an affair with Beatty According to Kilpatrick, the campaign was run on a budget of $10,000 and did not receive endorsements from trade unions, congressional districts, or the Democratic establishment14

Kilpatrick was elected minority floor leader for the Michigan Democratic party, serving in that position 1998 to 2000 He was subsequently elected as house minority leader in 2001, the first African American to hold that position15 Kilpatrick ran for mayor of Detroit, hiring Berg/Muirhead Associates for his campaign They were retained as his public relations firm upon his election16

Mayor of Detroitedit

First termedit

In 2001, Kilpatrick became the youngest mayor of Detroit when elected at age 31 In his 2002 inaugural address, Kilpatrick said:

I stand before you as a son of the city of Detroit and all that it represents I was born here in the city of Detroit, I was raised here in the city of Detroit, I went to these Detroit Public Schools I understand this city This position is personal to me It's much more than just politics15

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In 2005, he was criticized for using city funds to lease a car for use by his family17 and using his city-issued credit card to charge thousands of dollars' worth of spa massages, extravagant dining, and expensive wines18 Kilpatrick paid back $9,000 of the $210,000 credit card charges15

During his first term, Kilpatrick closed the century-old Belle Isle Zoo and Belle Isle Aquarium because of the city's budget problems The City Council overrode his funding veto for the zoo and gave it a budget of $700,000

In 2005, TIME magazine named Kilpatrick as one of the worst mayors in America171920

Special administratorshipedit

Since the 1970s, a federal judge had made the Detroit mayor the special administrator of the Detroit Water Department because of severe pollution issues When serious questions about water department contracts came to light in late 2005, Judge Feikens ended Kilpatrick’s special administratorship in his capacity as Mayor In January 2006, the Detroit News reported that "Kilpatrick used his special administrator authority to bypass the water board and City Council on three controversial contracts" These included a $131 million radio system for the city's police and fire departments, as well as a no-bid PR contract to a close personal aide21 But, Judge Feikens praised the mayor's work as steward of the department, referring questions on the contracts to the special master in charge of that investigation21

2005 re-election campaignedit

In May 2005, the Detroit Free Press reported that over the first 33 months of his term, Kilpatrick had charged over $210,000 on his city-issued credit card for travel, meals, and entertainment22

At a May 2005 campaign rally, Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, adamantly argued that allegations that the Mayor had held a party at the Manoogian Mansion were a lie He implied such statements were akin to "a lie" that Jewish people caused Germany's problems in the 1930s, leading to the Holocaust in Europe Bernard later apologized23

In October 2005, a third-party group supporting Kilpatrick, named The Citizens for Honest Government, generated controversy by their advertisement that compared media criticism of him to lynch mobs24

Kilpatrick and his opponent Freman Hendrix, both Democrats, each initially claimed victory But as the votes were tallied, it became clear that Kilpatrick had come back from his stretch of unpopularity to win a second term in office Three months prior to that, most commentators declared his political career over after he was the first incumbent mayor of Detroit to come in second in a primary Pre-election opinion polls predicted a large win for Hendrix; however, Kilpatrick won with 53% of the vote2526

Second termedit

In July 2006, Kilpatrick was hospitalized and diagnosed with diverticulitis while in Houston, Texas His personal physician indicated that Kilpatrick's condition may have been caused by a high-protein weight-loss diet27 That month Detroit's city council had voted unanimously to approve Kilpatrick’s tax plan, with which he intended to offer homeowners some relief from the city’s high property tax rates The cuts ranged from 18% to 35%, depending on the property’s value28

Audit reportsedit

The city was 14 months late in filing its 2005–2006 audit In March 2008 officials estimated the audit would cost an additional $24 million because of new auditing requirements that were not addressed by the city The 2006–2007 fiscal year audit due on December 31, 2007, was expected to be 11 months late29

The State Treasury chose to withhold $35 million of its monthly revenue sharing to the city and required Detroit to receive approval before selling bonds to raise money29 Kilpatrick told the city council that he would take partial blame for the late audits because he laid off too many accountants, but he also blamed the firm hired to replace them30

2008 State of the City addressedit

On March 11, 2008, Mayor Kilpatrick delivered his seventh State of the City Address to the city of Detroit The speech marked a turning point in Kilpatrick's career The majority of the 70-minute speech focused on positive changes occurring throughout Detroit and future plans Kilpatrick specifically noted increased police surveillance, new policing technologies, and initiatives to rebuild blighted neighborhoods in the city He received repeated standing ovations from the invitation-only audience

Toward the end of the speech, Kilpatrick deviated from the transcript given to the media31 and posted on his official website32 to address the scandal and controversy surrounding his years in office Kilpatrick stated that the media were focusing on only the controversies as a spectacle to increase their viewership

In closing, he addressed the city council members who chose not to sit behind him on the stage in protest, particularly Kenneth Cockrel Jr, and, despite the fact that the city administration of Detroit was almost entirely African-American, played the race card:

And finally, and this may be the most talked-about part of this speech after laying out all of that, but I feel that I cannot leave this auditorium with my wife and my sons sitting there without addressing this issue

In the past 30 days, I've been called a nigger more than any time in my entire life In the past three days, I've received more death threats than I have in my entire administration

I've heard these words before, but I've never heard people say them about my wife and children

I have to say this because it's very personal to me I don't believe that a Nielsen rating is worth the life of my children or your children

This unethical, illegal lynch mob mentality has to stop

And it's seriously time We've never been here before And I don't care if they cut the TV off

We've never been in a situation like this before where you can say anything, do anything, have no facts, no research, no nothing and you can launch a hate-driven bigoted assault on a family

I humbly ask members of the council, I humbly ask the business community, I humbly ask the religious community, I humbly ask the brothers and sisters of the city of Detroit – I humbly ask that we say 'no more' together

I humbly ask that we say no more together I love this city with every part of my being I will continue to stay focused on building the next Detroit

God Bless you, Detroit I love you

—Kwame M Kilpatrick, 2008 Detroit State of the City Address

His comments generated many negative comments Michigan Governor and fellow Democrat Jennifer Granholm issued a statement in which she condemned the use of the N-word in any context33

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox stated on WJR radio that he thought that using the N-word was "reprehensible" Cox also said, "I thought his statements were race-baiting on par with David Duke and George Wallace, all to save his political career I'm not a Detroiter, but last night crossed the linethose statements not only hurt Detroit, but as long as the mayor is there, he will be a drag on the whole region" Cox said that whether Kilpatrick is criminally charged or not, he should resign as mayor34

Former Kilpatrick political adviser Sam Riddle labeled the address a race-baiting speech "It's an act of desperation to use the N-word," said Riddle "He's attempting to regain his base of support by playing the race card He's gone to that well one too many times"34

In response to Kilpatrick characterizing the media coverage of his scandals as a baseless "hate-driven bigoted assault on a family", Carmen Harlan, an African-American news anchor at Detroit's NBC affiliate, WDIV, stated the following:

Mr Mayor, I'd like to address you directly You were absolutely right tonight when you said that death-threats and racial slurs are wrong I'll even go further, they're inexcusable and inappropriate, but to say that we, the media, are to blame for this mess isn't fair either Using emotionally driven words, like the N-word, phrases like "hate-driven" and "bigoted assault", even "lynch mob mentality", stirs the very core of even my emotions You see, I love the city too, as much as you do Like you, we the media have a job to do I've asked you to sit down with me; explain what we don't understand and how we may have gotten it wrong I'm still waiting for that phone call, and I quote you, 'No more, I humbly ask! The Kwame Kilpatrick roller coaster has to stop!

—Carmen Harlan, Response to Kwame Kilpatrick's 2008 Detroit State of the City Address35

In March 2008, the National Conference of Black Mayors moved its meeting from Detroit to New Orleans because of Kilpatrick's legal problems36


Kilpatrick is a member of the Democratic Party1

He was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bi-partisan anti-gun group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets" The Coalition was co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Since Kilpatrick's conviction in 2013 on federal charges, his membership status in the organization is not clear As of September 2010, there had been no announcement of his resignation from Mayors Against Illegal Guns; however, by December 2012, Kilpatrick was no longer listed as a member37

Electoral historyedit

  • 2005 Race for Mayor Detroit
    • Kwame Kilpatrick D incumbent, 53%
    • Freman Hendrix D, 47%
  • 2005 Race for Mayor Detroit Primary Election
    • Freman Hendrix D, 45%
    • Kwame Kilpatrick D incumbent, 34%
    • Sharon McPhail D, 12%
    • Hansen Clarke D, 8%
  • 2001 Race for Mayor Detroit
    • Kwame Kilpatrick D, 54%
    • Gil Hill D, 46%

Controversies, felony trials, and incarcerationedit

Kwame Malik Kilpatrick
Born 1970-06-08 June 8, 1970 age 47
Detroit, Michigan, US
Nationality American
Occupation Former politician
Criminal penalty

120 days in jail & probation original sentence

15–5 years imprisonment probation violation
28 years in prison federal trial
Criminal status Incarcerated
Spouses Carlita Kilpatrick
Children 3 children
Convictions Obstruction of justice x2, assault of a police officer, racketeering, tax evasion, extortion, mail fraud

Alleged incidents of mayoral misconductedit

Manoogian Mansion partyedit

The Manoogian Mansion, official residence of the Mayor of Detroit

In the fall of 2002, it was alleged that Kilpatrick had held a wild party involving strippers at the Manoogian Mansion, the city-owned residence of the mayor of Detroit Former members of the Executive Protection Unit EPU, the mayor's police security detail, alleged that Carlita Kilpatrick, Kwame's wife, came home unexpectedly and physically attacked the strippers38 Officer Harold C Nelthrope contacted the Internal Affairs unit of the Detroit Police Department in April 2003 to have them investigate abuses by the EPU Kilpatrick denied any wrongdoing An investigation by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and the Michigan State Police found no evidence that the party took place, although the State Police investigation was cut short38

Nelthrope and Internal Affairs investigator Gary A Brown allege that they were fired by the Kilpatrick administration in retaliation for investigating the mayor and other superiors Nelthrope and Brown filed a whistleblower lawsuit and were awarded an $84 million settlement39 Additionally, two other police officers, Walt Harris and Alvin Bowman, claimed they were retaliated against for their involvement in investigations into the mayor's misconduct Harris was a former member of the EPU who was identified by the administration as cooperating with the state's investigation He then suffered a smear campaign in the media by the Kilpatrick administration38

The murder of Tamara Greeneedit

Tamara Greene, a 27-year-old exotic dancer who went by the name "Strawberry", allegedly performed at the Manoogian Mansion party and was allegedly assaulted by Carlita Kilpatrick Greene was murdered on April 30, 2003, at around 3:40 am, near the intersection of Roselawn and West Outer Drive while sitting in her car with her 32-year-old boyfriend4041 She was shot multiple times with a 40 caliber Glock pistol At the time, this was the same model and caliber firearm as those officially issued by the Detroit Police Department Investigators believed this to be a "deliberate hit" by a member of the Detroit Police Department41 Bowman alleged his investigation was the reason that he was taken off of the case and transferred out of the Detroit Police Department's Homicide Division40

Greene's family filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit for $150 million, claiming she was murdered to prevent her testimony about the Manoogian Mansion party41 A judge ruled that Norman Yatooma, the attorney representing Greene's 14-year-old son, could have access to text messages between Kilpatrick, police chief Ella Bully-Cummings and dozens of city employees to ascertain if city officials blocked the investigation into Greene's murder42 Yatooma also wanted the text messages and GPS positions of every city employee exchanged between 1:30 am and 5:30 am on the night of the murder4243 The city's communications provider, Skytel, indicated it was prepared to release the text messages if the court ruled accordingly42

On March 1, 2008, a ten-page affidavit by former Detroit Police Department lieutenant Alvin Bowman was filed by Yatooma in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, stating that, "I suspected that the shooter was a law enforcement officer, and more specifically, a Detroit Police Department officer"40 Bowman also claims that high-ranking Detroit Police Department personnel, including Cummings, deliberately sabotaged his investigation Bowman states that eventually he was transferred out of the Homicide Division because he had asked too many questions about the Greene murder and the Manoogian Mansion party40 Bowman also claims that Greene was employed by an unnamed associate of Kilpatrick, and that Greene's telephone records linked her to a high-ranking city employee not long before her death Mayer Morganroth, the lawyer representing the city, said, "The Bowman affidavit is a little less than idiotic and more than absurd"40

In another affidavit, Joyce Carolyn Rogers, a former Detroit Police Department employee, stated that she read a police report that came across her desk in the fall 2002 regarding Carlita Kilpatrick's assault of Greene during the alleged Manoogian Mansion party Rogers stated that Carlita had witnessed Greene touching the mayor "in a manner that upset the mayor's wife"44 Rogers alleged that Carlita struck Greene with a wooden object, and that two men stepped in to restrain her44 Yatooma said that Rogers' affidavit showed that the Manoogian Mansion party was not "urban legend"44

Three Detroit paramedics – Lt Michael Kearns, Lt Walter Godzwon, and Cenobio Chapa – signed affidavits concerning Greene Kearns claimed he spoke to Greene around the time of the Manoogian Mansion party Godzwon claimed he saw Mayor Kilpatrick and his bodyguards at Detroit Receiving Hospital, where an injured woman was taken Chapa claimed that he saw an injured woman brought to the hospital by three plainclothes Detroit Police Department officers in the autumn of 2002, and heard the woman say she had been attacked by Carlita Kilpatrick Chapa also said that he ran into medical technician Doug Bayer, and had told him about what he had seen; Bayer had previously told State Police of such an encounter4546

Whistleblower trialedit

In 2003, a civil lawsuit was filed against Kilpatrick by his ex-bodyguard Harold Nelthrope and former Deputy Chief Police Gary Brown The police officers claim they were fired because of an internal probe into the mayor's personal actions and that the firing was a violation of the whistleblower law47

The trial began in August 2007 with Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, both denying they were involved in an extramarital affair47 In his testimony, Kilpatrick expressed anger about claims of an affair between him and Beatty and under oath said:

I think it was pretty demoralizing to her—you have to know her—but it's demoralizing to me as well," he said "My mother is a congresswoman There have always been strong women around me My aunt is a state legislator I think it's absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore I think it's disrespectful not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do a professional job that they do every single day And it's also disrespectful to their families as well4849

The trial ended on September 11, 2007, after three hours of jury deliberation, in a verdict awarding the plaintiffs $65 million in damages In an angry speech in front of City Hall made minutes after the verdict was read, Kilpatrick blamed the "wrong verdict" on white suburbanite jurors Kilpatrick also stated "There's race in this, and we run from it in this region And I think it's impossible for us to move forward as a region without confronting it head-on But I don't want what has happened in the past 24 months to be erased by what has happened in the last two days"5051

The City Council is determined that it and the people of the city of Detroit be fully informed as to the circumstances of any settlement, but particularly this settlement William Goodman52

Kilpatrick vowed to appeal the verdict But weeks later, during stalled settlement negotiations, he quickly approved an $84 million settlement upon learning of a motion by Mike Stefani, the police officers' attorney, that contained evidence that Kilpatrick and Beatty perjured themselves in their deposition and trial testimony The Detroit City Council voted to pay the $84 million to the two officers involved in the civil suit and a third former officer who filed a separate lawsuit against Kilpatrick53 The Detroit City Council was not made aware of the text messages or a confidentiality agreement to keep them private when Kilpatrick and city lawyers requested the council to approve the $84 million settlement54

Michigan Hall of Justice, home of the Michigan Supreme Court

The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, and the Detroit City Council sued under the Michigan Freedom of Information Act FOIA requesting that the city release all settlement-related documents5556 The FOIA lawsuit ordered Mike Stefani to be deposed by the plaintiffs Stefani revealed in the deposition the existence of a confidentiality agreement signed by all parties to keep confidential intimate text messages sent between Kilpatrick and his then chief of staff, Christine Beatty55 The City of Detroit Law Department initially denied the existence of a "secret deal", but later fought unsuccessfully up to the Michigan Supreme Court to keep the documents sealed, on the grounds that they are private communications57

The unsealed documents revealed the stratagem of Kilpatrick and the City of Detroit Law Department to hide a series of text messages that contradict the sworn testimony of Kilpatrick and Beatty These documents provided the basis for a criminal investigation against the pair5859

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm began an inquiry which led to the removal of Kilpatrick from office

The secret deal called for Brown to forfeit $3 million, Nelthrope to forfeit $2 million and Harris to give up $400,000 if they ever revealed the information; Stefani would forfeit $26 million in legal fees if he or any of his employees ever divulged the existence of the text messages60

An investigation by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy concluded with Kilpatrick and Beatty being charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy, misconduct in office, and perjury58 The council requested that Kilpatrick resign as mayor and that Jennifer Granholm use her gubernatorial authority to remove Kilpatrick from office due to his conduct in the trial6162 Granholm said the inquiry was like a trial and that her role would be "functioning in a manner similar to that of a judicial officer"61

Kilpatrick said he had paid back the $84 million through "hard work for the city" and dismissed any intentions of removing him from office as "political rhetoric"63

Text-messaging scandaledit

Main article: Kilpatrick and Beatty text-messaging scandal

In January 2008, the Detroit Free Press revealed the existence of more than 14,000 text messages exchanged between Kilpatrick and Beatty on their city-issued SkyTel pagers in late 2002 and early 2003 The dates are of importance because they encompass the time periods of the alleged Manoogian Mansion party and the ouster of Gary Brown, respectively64 The bulk of the text messages were released in late October 2008 by Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny, who instructed that some portions be redacted65

The text messages are the nucleus of an $84 million secret deal settlement by the city of Detroit The attorneys for the city had tried since 2004 to keep the text messages hidden on the grounds that they were personal and private communications64 But, a city directive re-authorized by Kilpatrick during his first term as mayor said that all electronic communication sent on city equipment should be "used in an honest, ethical, and legal manner" and cautions, "is not considered to be personal or private"66 The mayor's spokesman said the policy applies only to city-owned equipment, and the text messages are exempt since they were sent on a city-leased device66

Kilpatrick and Beatty, both in separate marriages at the time, did discuss city business at times in their texts; however, many of the series of messages describe their extramarital sexual relationship, often in graphic detail The text messages further describe their use of city funds to arrange romantic getaways, their fears of being caught by the mayor's police protection unit, and evidence that the pair conspired to fire Detroit Police Deputy Chief Gary Brown64

On March 18, 2008, the Detroit City Council passed a non-binding resolution asking for Kilpatrick to resign as mayor The vote was 7–1 with Monica Conyers as the only member to vote no Martha Reeves was absent from the vote The resolution cited 33 reasons for Kilpatrick to step down, ranging from the secret settlement deals, to mandatory audits not being submitted to the state, to charges that Kilpatrick “repeatedly obfuscates the truth” Kilpatrick dismissed the vote as irrelevant and declared that he would not resign as mayor The council responded by asking its independent attorney, Bill Goodman, to "explore the proceedings by which the mayor may be removed from office"67

On March 26, 2008, the Free Press published another text message contradicting Kilpatrick's testimony that Brown's employment was not terminated Six weeks after Brown's employment with the Detroit Police Department ended and hours before Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox was to announce the findings of his office's investigation into the mayor's scandals, Kilpatrick texted his staff on June 24, 2003:

We must answer the question Why was Gary Brown fired, It will be asked, I need short, powerful answer I just need a good answer whatever it might be68

On the stand in the whistleblower trial, Kilpatrick stated that Brown was "unappointed" from his duties as Deputy Police Chief and head of the department's Internal Affairs unit The jury found in favor of Brown's account that he was fired and not "unappointed"

Criminal chargesedit

Main article: Kilpatrick-Beatty criminal trial

On March 24, 2008, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced a 12-count criminal indictment against Kilpatrick and former Detroit Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, charging Kilpatrick with eight felonies and Beatty with seven Charges for both included perjury, misconduct in office, and obstruction of justice Worthy suggested that others in the Kilpatrick administration could also be charged69 The preliminary examination scheduled for September 22, 2008, was waived by both defendants, thereby allowing the case to proceed directly to trial7071

In March 2008, a group of Kilpatrick's supporters created the “Detroit Justice Fund" to help cover the cost of the mayor's legal defense Members of the fund's supervisory committee include former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown and former DTE executive Martin Taylor Greg Mathis, a retired District Court judge and adjudicator for his self-titled television court show, was listed as a committee member, but disavowed any such support He subsequently called for Kilpatrick to resign72

In early August 2008, Detroit's WXYZ-TV reported that on July 23 of that year, Kilpatrick had violated the provisions of his bail when he briefly traveled to the neighboring Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario, where he met with Windsor mayor Eddie Francis concerning a deal to have the city of Windsor take over operational control of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in exchange for a $75 million loan to the cash-strapped city of Detroit While Kilpatrick claimed that Francis had requested the meeting without prior notice, several Windsor city officials, including Francis, claimed that Kilpatrick in fact requested the meeting73 Kilpatrick traveled without informing the court, as required by terms of his bail agreement As a result, on August 7, 2008, Kilpatrick was remanded to spend a night in the Wayne County Jail It was the first time in history that a sitting Detroit mayor had been ordered to jail In issuing the order, Chief Judge Ronald Giles stated that he could not treat the mayor differently from "John Sixpack"74 On August 8, 2008, after arguments on Kilpatrick's behalf by attorneys Jim Parkman and Jim Thomas, Judge Thomas Jackson reversed the remand order and permitted Kilpatrick to be released on posting a $50,000 cash bond and the further condition that the mayor not travel, and wear an electronic tracking device

The same day Kilpatrick was released under the second bail agreement, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced that two new felony counts had been filed against the mayor for assaulting or interfering with a law officer The new charges arose out of allegations that Kilpatrick on July 24, 2008, shoved two Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies who were attempting to serve a subpoena on Bobby Ferguson, a Kilpatrick ally, and a potential witness in the mayor's then-upcoming perjury trial

On September 4, 2008, Kwame Kilpatrick pled guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice and plead no contest to assaulting the deputy75 As part of the plea agreement, he agreed to serve four months in the Wayne County Jail, pay one million dollars of restitution to the city of Detroit, surrender his license to practice law, five years probation and not run for public office during his probation period He also was required to resign as mayor of Detroit and surrender his state pension from his six years' service in the Michigan House of Representatives prior to being elected mayor In an allocution given as part of his plea, Kilpatrick admitted that he lied under oath several times His last day in office was September 18, 2008

Slander suitedit

Kilpatrick was named in a slander lawsuit along with Christine Beatty and then-police chief Ella Bully-Cummings The lawsuit was brought about by two police officers that claimed to have been slandered in the media by city officials76

The lawsuit stemmed from a 2004 incident in which the two police officers pulled Beatty over for speeding The officers claimed that Beatty was irate at being stopped and bluntly asked the officers, "Do you know who the fuck I am" when the officers came to the vehicle76 The officers alleged that, while stopped, Beatty called Bully-Cummings to have the officers called off, which they were ordered to do When reports of the incident started to surface in the media, Bully-Cummings said the officers harassed Beatty, and Kilpatrick said the stop "looked like a setup"77

The parties in the lawsuit entered into mediation which recommended a settlement of $25,000 which was rejected twice by the Detroit City Council78

In January 2008, it was revealed through text messages that Kilpatrick and Beatty were involved in a sexual relationship that both denied under oath The attorney for the officers said, "I might take a different position on the case now The mayor has been exposed and I may want more money for my clients now"77

On February 19, 2008, the Detroit City Council voted unanimously to settle the lawsuit for $25,000 The attorney for the officers accepted the settlement and said of the officers, “They don’t want to be embroiled in this whole scandal"78

Synagro sludge contractedit

According to the Detroit News 24 June 2010, Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard and the Kilpatrick Civic Fund may have been important figures in the sludge hauling contract that saw city council president Monica Conyers wife of Rep John Conyers and her chief of staff Sam Riddle convicted for conspiracy and bribery "Kilpatrick and his father also figured, but have not been charged, in evidence surrounding a bribery-tainted, $12 billion sewage sludge contract the Detroit City Council awarded to Synagro Technologies Inc in 2007 According to court documents and people familiar with the case, former Synagro official James Rosendall made large contributions to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund and gave Kilpatrick free flights to Las Vegas and Mackinac Island Rosendall also told investigators he made cash payments to Bernard N Kilpatrick, who told Rosendall he got him access to City Hall, records show"79 Rosendall and a Synagro consultant Rayford Jackson were also convicted of bribery

Recall campaignedit

The Wayne County Election Committee approved a recall petition to remove Kilpatrick as mayor based on the multimillion-dollar settlement $9,000,000+ in a whistle-blower lawsuit against the city, and the accusation that Kilpatrick misled the City Council into approving the settlement The recall petition was filed by Douglas Johnson, a city council candidate80 Kilpatrick appealed to the commission to reconsider its decision on the grounds that Johnson was not a resident of Detroit81 Johnson also requested that Jennifer Granholm use her power as Governor to remove Kilpatrick from office

On March 12, 2008, at the request of the Mayor's office, Wayne County Election Commission rescinded its earlier approval for the recall The Mayor's office argued that there was not any evidence that the organizer, Douglas Johnson, actually resided within the city limits of Detroit Johnson stated that his group would refile using another person whose residency would not be an issue82 On March 27, 2008, a second recall petition was filed against Kilpatrick by Angelo Brown Brown stated in his filing that Kilpatrick is too preoccupied with his legal problems to be effective Kilpatrick's spokesman James Canning again dismissed this latest recall by saying: "It’s Mr Brown’s right to file a petition, but it’s just another effort by a political hopeful to grab headlines"83

On May 14 the Detroit City Council voted to request that the governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, remove Kilpatrick from office84

Funneling of state grant money to wifeedit

Kilpatrick used his influence while in the Michigan legislature to funnel state grant money to two organizations that were vague on their project description The groups were run by friends of Kilpatrick and both agreed to subcontract work to UNITE, a company owned by Kilpatrick's wife Carlita Carlita was the only employee and the firm received $175,000 from the organizations85 Detroit 3D was one of the groups and the State canceled its second and final installment of $250,000 because 3D refused to divulge details on how the funds were being spent85

Denial of courtesy protectionedit

In 2002, the Washington DC police announced that they would only offer professional courtesy protection to Kilpatrick while he was conducting official business in the nation's capital DC police no longer provided after-hours police protection to Kilpatrick because of his inappropriate partying during past visits Sergeant Tyrone Dodson of Washington DC explained by saying "we arrived at this decision because we felt that the late evening partying on the part of Mayor Kilpatrick would leave our officers stretched too thin and might result in an incident at one of the clubs" The Kilpatrick administration alleged that the statements and actions of the Washington DC police were part of a political conspiracy to "ruin" the mayor Ironically, Kilpatrick's father-in-law, Carlton Poles was a veteran DC Police officer86

Preferential hiring of friends and familyedit

It was revealed that at any given time there are about 100 appointees of Kilpatrick employed with the city The Detroit Free Press examined city records and found that 29 of Kilpatrick's closest friends and family were appointed to positions within the various city departments This hiring practice came to be known as 'the friends and family plan' Some appointees had little to no experience, while others, among them Kilpatrick's uncle Ray Cheeks and cousin Nneka Cheeks, falsified their résumés Kilpatrick's cousin, Patricia Peoples, was appointed to the deputy director of human resources, giving her the ability to hire more of Kilpatrick's friends and family without such hirings being viewed as mayoral appointments Though political appointments are not illegal, the sheer volume of Kilpatrick's appointments compared to all the appointments made by Detroit mayors since 1970, along with Kilpatrick's cutting of thousands of city jobs, made his appointments controversial87

The jobs held by friends and family ranged from secretarial positions to department heads The appointees had an average salary increase of 36% compared with a 2% raise in 2003 and 2% raise in 2004 for fellow city workers Some of the biggest salary increases were for April Edgar, half-sister of Christine Beatty, whose pay increase was 86% over 5 years One of Kilpatrick's cousins, Ajene Evans, had a 77% increase in his salary same period The biggest salary increase among the 29 appointees was that of LaTonya Wallace-Hardiman who went from $32,500 staff secretary, to an executive assistant making $85,501—163% in five years87

Abuse of power allegationsedit

See also: Abuse of power

It was revealed on July 15, 2008 by WXYZ reporter Steve Wilson that in 2005 Kwame Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty, and the chief of police Ella Bully-Cummings allegedly used their positions to help an influential Baptist minister arrested for soliciting a prostitute get his case dismissed The arresting officer, Antoinette Bostic, was told by her supervisors that Mangedwa Nyathi was a minister Assistant Pastor at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church on Detroit's west side, and that the mayor and police chief were calling to persuade Bostic not to show up to court, in which case the judge would be forced to dismiss the case against Nyathi Bostic ignored her supervisors and appeared in court The defense lawyer, Charles Hammons, had the case postponed a couple of times and stated in court that “The mayor told me yesterday that this case is not gonna go forward" Hammons admitted to Wilson that this was the fact and that this was how many cases for people who know the mayor in Detroit are handled Bully-Cummings angrily denied that she had ever asked her officers to perform such acts of impropriety Kilpatrick stated that Wilson of WXYZ "was just making up stories again"88

Assaulting a police officeredit

On July 24, 2008, at approximately 4 pm, Wayne County Sheriff's Detective Brian White and Joanne Kinney, an investigator from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office, went to Kilpatrick's sister Ayanna Kilpatrick's home in an attempt to serve a subpoena Ayanna Kilpatrick is married to Daniel Ferguson, cousin of Bobby Ferguson, later indicted along with Kwame Kilpatrick While on the front porch of the home, Kwame Kilpatrick came out of the house with his bodyguards and pushed the sheriff's deputy, as Sheriff Warren Evans said, "pushed him with significant force to make him bounce into the prosecutor's investigator" The mayor yelled at Kinney "How can a black woman be riding in a car with a man named White"89 Evans went on to say, "There were armed executive protection officers My officers were there armed And all of them had the consummate good sense not to let it escalate"and "the two officers 'wisely' left the property and returned to their office to report on the incident"90

Sheriff Evans stated that due to the "politically charged nature" of the incident, the case has been transferred to the Michigan State Police to investigate Evans' daughter, who was on Kwame Kilpatrick's staff,90 resigned shortly after this incident91

2010 indictment for tax evasion and mail fraudedit

On May 8, 2007, WXYZ-TV reported that Kilpatrick used $8,600 from the Kilpatrick Civic Fund to take his wife, three sons and babysitter on a week-long vacation to a five-star California resort, the La Costa Resort and Spa92 The fund, controlled by Kilpatrick's sister and friends, was created to improve the city of Detroit through voter education, economic empowerment, and crime prevention Tax and accounting experts said Kilpatrick's use of the fund was a violation of IRS regulations93 The story was also compounded after WXYZ's cameras caught Kilpatrick in a fit of rage grabbing the microphone out of the hand of reporter Ray Sayah and throwing it

On June 23, 2010, Kilpatrick was indicted on 19 federal counts including 10 counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, five counts of filing a false tax return, and one count of tax evasion Each count of fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 year imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 Each tax count carries a maximum sentence of three or five years and a fine of $250,00094

It is alleged that Kilpatrick devised a scheme to use the Kilpatrick Civic Fund to pay for personal expenses and to fund his mayoral campaigns Some of the alleged expenses include yoga, golf clubs, summer camp for his children, personal travel, a lease on a Cadillac DeVille, moving expenses, a crisis manager for overseeing his public image, and focus groups9596

FBI corruption investigation of Kilpatrick family and friendsedit

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated corruption within Detroit's city hall; in particular, how contracts are awarded Through the use of undercover video, wiretaps, and informants, the FBI investigated whether Bernard Kilpatrick, father of Kwame Kilpatrick and ex-husband of US Representative Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick, was involved in payoff schemes to steer city business to contractors and then illegally funnel any money or kickbacks back to his son, the mayor9798 The FBI also announced that Derrick Miller, a close friend of Kilpatrick's who was a top adviser in the Kilpatrick campaigns and most recently 2007 was the chief information officer of the City of Detroit, was named as a target of the corruption investigation99 Kandia Milton, deputy mayor, who ran the city for one day when Kilpatrick was in jail for violating his bail, pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges involving the sale of city-owned land100

SEC investigation into pension funds influence peddlingedit

In 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission indicted Kilpatrick and former city treasurer Jeffrey W Beasley for receiving $180,000 in travel, hotel rooms and gifts from a company seeking investments from the city pension fund Chauncey C Mayfield and his company were also indicted The company received a $117 million investment in a real estate investment trust that it controlled101102 MayfieldGentry proceeded to misappropriate $31 million from the pension fund which was revealed during the influence peddling investigation103 Mayfield pleaded guilty in 2013 The case is scheduled for June 2014,104

Resignation and incarcerationedit

On March 24, 2008, Kilpatrick was charged with eight felony counts, including perjury, misconduct in office, and obstruction of justice On May 13, 2008, the Detroit City Council approved a resolution to request that Michigan's governor, Jennifer Granholm, remove Kilpatrick from office On August 8, 2008, Michigan's Attorney General, Mike Cox, announced two new felony counts had been filed against Kilpatrick for assaulting and interfering with a law officer

On September 4, 2008, Kilpatrick announced his resignation as mayor,105 effective September 18,75 following a guilty plea to two felonies for obstruction of justice arising from a complex settlement scheme in a civil case where he lied about an extra-marital affair under oath, then caused the case to be settled at a premium in exchange for an agreement by the parties not to disclose his affair He then misrepresented the settlement to the citizens of Detroit and City Council As a result of his guilty plea, Kilpatrick will pay restitution to the city of Detroit in the amount of one million dollars, lose his pension, serve four months in the Wayne County jail, serve five years probation, and surrender his law license; he is also prohibited from running for public office for five years

In the separate assault case, he pleaded no contest to one felony count of assaulting and obstructing a police officer in exchange for a second assault charge being dropped This deal also required his resignation and 120 days in jail, to be served concurrently with his jail time for the perjury counts106 Kilpatrick was sentenced on October 28, 2008 The judge ordered that Kilpatrick not be given an opportunity for early release, but instead serve the entire 120 days in jail107

In court hearings held in November and December 2009 it was revealed that several prominent Detroit businessmen provided undocumented loans to Kilpatrick and his wife in a quid-pro-quo for his resignation The total amount of the loans was $240,000

Detroit City Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr replaced Kilpatrick as mayor at 12:01 am September 19, 2008

First sentencing and incarcerationedit

Judge David Groner sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to four months in jail on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, for the sex-and-text scandal, calling him "arrogant and defiant" and questioning the sincerity of a guilty plea that ended his career at City Hall The punishment was part of a plea agreement worked out a month earlier "When someone gets 120 days in jail, they should get 120 days in jail," Groner said Kilpatrick also was given a 120-day concurrent sentence for assaulting a sheriff's officer who was trying to deliver a subpoena in July108 He was seen smirking, laughing, and even calling the sentencing a "joke"109 Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans said that they take 40,000 prisoners into the prison annually, but that Kilpatrick would be kept separate from the general population and “won’t be treated any worse or any better than other prisoners” He was housed in a secured, 15 feet by 10 feet cell with a bed, chair, toilet and a shower, spending approximately 23 hours a day there110 At 12:35 am on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, Kilpatrick left jail after serving 99 days He boarded a privately chartered Lear jet and landed in Texas that evening111 He was supposed to join his family in a $3,000 a month rental house in Southlake, Texas112

Within a couple of weeks, Kilpatrick was hired by Covisint, a Texas subsidiary of Compuware, headquartered in Detroit The CEO of Compuware, Peter Karmanos, Jr was one of the parties who loaned large sums of money to Kilpatrick in late 2008113 Kilpatrick was let go from Compuware in May 2010 after being sentenced to prison114

Restitution hearingedit

Kilpatrick claimed poverty to Judge David Groner He said he only had $3,000 per month later lowered to $6 for the restitution payments115

Judge Groner requested detailed financial records for Kwame, his wife, their children, etc By November 2009 Kilpatrick was on the stand in Detroit to explain his apparent poverty He claimed to have no knowledge about who paid for his million-dollar home, Cadillac Escalades, and other lavish expenses The former mayor also denied any knowledge of his wife's finances, or even whether she was employed During this hearing, it was revealed that Peter Karmanos, Jr, Roger Penske and other business leaders had provided substantial monies to the Kilpatricks to convince the mayor to resign his office and plead guilty116 On January 20, 2010, Judge Groner ruled that Kilpatrick pay the sum of $300,000 to the city of Detroit within 90 days117

Second sentencing and incarcerationedit

On February 19, 2010, Kilpatrick missed a required restitution payment of $79,000 The court received only $14,000 on February 19 and then only another $21,175 on February 22 On February 23, Judge Groner approved a warrant for Kilpatrick and ruled in April that he had violated the terms of his probation On May 25, 2010, Kilpatrick was sentenced to one and a half to five years with the Michigan Department of Corrections with credit for 120 days previously served for violation of probation,118 and was afterwards taken back into correctional custody He was housed for fourteen days in the hospital unit of the state prisoner reception center119 Kilpatrick was later housed in the Oaks Correctional Facility120 After he was indicted in federal court for additional crimes related to alleged misuse of his campaign funds, Kilpatrick lobbied for a transfer from the Oaks Correctional Facility121 On July 11, 2010, he was transferred into the Federal Bureau of Prisons BOP119 Kilpatrick was incarcerated in the Milan Federal Prison near Milan, Michigan122 He was released from federal custody on April 6, 2011123 During his final 118 days of state imprisonment, Kilpatrick resided in the Cotton Correctional Facility119 Kilpatrick was released on parole on August 2, 2011124125126 In August 2011 the court ordered Kilpatrick to pay for his incarceration costs119

2012–2013 felony corruption trial and convictionedit

On December 14, 2010, Kilpatrick was again indicted on new corruption charges, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of the city's most prominent officials His father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was also indicted, as was contractor Bobby Ferguson, Kilpatrick's aide, Derrick Miller, and Detroit water department chief, Victor Mercado5127 The original 38-charge indictment listed allegations of 13 fraudulent schemes in awarding contracts in the city's Department of Water and Sewerage, with pocketed kickbacks of nearly $1,000,000 He was arraigned on January 10, 2011, on charges in the 89-page indictment Federal prosecuting attorneys proposed a trial date in January 2012, but defense attorneys asked for a trial date in the summer of 2012128 Opening statements in the trial began on September 21, 2012129130 Prosecutors soon brought forth a large number of witnesses that gave some damaging testimony131 Mercado took a plea deal while the trial was in progress132 On March 11, 2013, in spite of a vigorous defense that cost taxpayers more than a million dollars,133 Kilpatrick was found guilty by a jury on two dozen counts including those for racketeering, extortion, mail fraud, and tax evasion, among others Shortly after conviction, speaking about Kilpatrick, Judge Nancy Edmunds ruled in favor of remand saying "detention is required in his circumstance"134 He was sentenced to 28 years in prison on October 10, 20136135 Kilpatrick, Federal Bureau of Prisons Register #44678-039, is serving his sentence at Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno in El Reno, Oklahoma There is no parole in the federal prison system However, with time off for good behavior, his earliest possible release date will be August 1, 2037—when he will be 67 years old136137

Mercado pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, Bobby Ferguson was sentenced to 21 years in prison,138 Derrick Miller pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to three years supervision, the first year in a halfway house139140 Bernard Kilpatrick was sentenced to 15 months in prison141 Emma Bell received two years probation and was fined $330,000 in back taxes as part of a plea deal where she testified that she frequently handed Kilpatrick large amounts of cash skimmed from campaign accounts142 First Independence Bank, used by Kilpatrick and Ferguson, was fined $250,000 for failing to follow anti-money laundering regulations143 14 companies were suspended from bidding on contracts with the water department in the wake of the scandal Inland Waters Pollution Control Inc paid $45 million in the settlement of a lawsuit over their involvement with Kilpatrick, Ferguson and the Detroit Water Board144 Lakeshore TolTest Corp reached a $5 million settlement with the Water Board to avoid litigation145

In August 2015, the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his convictions but ordered that the amount of restitution be recalculated146 In June 2016, the US Supreme Court denied his appeal147



Kilpatrick co-wrote a memoir about his life and political experiences titled Surrendered: The Rise, Fall, & Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick148 The book was originally scheduled for release on August 2, 2011, a date which would have just barely preceded his scheduled release from a Michigan prison149 However, the publisher delayed the release to August 9, almost a week after Kilpatrick was paroled Kilpatrick appeared at public events in Michigan and elsewhere to promote his book150

The public prosecutor in Wayne County, Michigan has asked the state courts to order the book's publisher, Tennessee-based Creative Publishing Consultants Inc, to remit Kilpatrick's share on the book's proceeds for payment toward Kilpatrick's criminal restitution and his cost of incarceration151 On November 16, 2011, the publisher's attorney failed to appear at a hearing on the matter in Wayne County Circuit Court A bench warrant was issued for the attorney, Jack Gritton, and was forwarded to authorities in Tennessee, where Gritton's practice is based152

See alsoedit

  • Detroit portal
  • Biography portal
  • Politics portal
  • Barbara L McQuade, US attorney who obtained a large number of indictments against Kilpatrick
  • Louis Miriani, former mayor of Detroit
  • Richard Reading, former mayor of Detroit
  • List of American state and local politicians convicted of crimes


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  99. ^ Schaefer, Jim; David Ashenfelter; ML Elrick August 20, 2008 "FBI names Kilpatrick ex-aide; federal probe looks at dealings" Detroit Free Press Retrieved 2008-08-20 
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  101. ^ SEC Charges Former Detroit Officials and Investment Adviser to City Pension Funds in Influence Peddling Scheme, SEC, May 9, 2012
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  103. ^ SEC Charges Top Officials At Investment Adviser in Scheme to Hide Theft from Pension Fund of Detroit Police and Firefighters, SEC, June 10, 2013
  104. ^ Pension funds settle class-action negligence suit for $79M, Christine Ferretti, The Detroit News, February 26, 2014
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  138. ^ Judge hits Bobby Ferguson with 21 years: 'Catalyst at the center' of Detroit corruption, Detroit Free Press, October 11, 2013
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  141. ^ Bernard Kilpatrick sentenced to 15 months in prison, Detroit Free Press, October 17, 2013
  142. ^ Emma Bell gets 2 years probation, Dave Bartkowiak Jr, WDIV, January 30, 2014
  143. ^ Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's bank fined $250K WXYZ-TV News, October 18, 2013
  144. ^ Kilpatrick contractor, Crain's Detroit Business, February 27, 2013
  145. ^ Lakeshore TolTest reaches $5M settlement to avert liability in Kilpatrick corruption case, Crain's Detroit Business, February 19, 2013
  146. ^ Ex-Detroit mayor Kilpatrick loses appeal of conviction, Reuters, Jonathan Stempel, August 14, 2015
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Preceded by
Dennis Archer
Mayor of Detroit
Succeeded by
Kenneth Cockrel, Jr

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