UPDATE: Kwame Kilpatrick Can’t Catch A Break, Judge Denies Release
Troubles keep mounting for Kwame Kilpatrick. And now he is asking for a break—sort of. A lawyer for the former Detroit mayor is asking a federal judge to release Kilpatrick from federal prison, arguing that his client is too poor to flee.
Currently, Kilpatrick is being held at a federal prison in Milan, Mich, after being convicted on public corruption charges last week. He was found guilty by a federal jury on 24 of 30 counts for running a criminal enterprise through the mayor’s office to enrich himself, his family and friends.
According to attorney James Thomas, Kilpatrick can be trusted to remain free on bond, since he has no money left to escape. His mother, former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick, also announced she will put up her $183,000-home on LaSalle Boulevard as collateral to ensure that he shows up for sentencing, reports Detroit Free Press.
“His bank accounts, his retirement funds and other assets were liquidated to pay [restitution],” Thomas states in court documents filed Monday. “He has no funds with which to flee.”
Kilpatrick, claims the filing, has paid more than $180,000 of the $1 million in restitution owed to the City of Detroit from the text message scandal back in 2008.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office will file an official response at a later date.
Thomas also pointed out that Federal Pretrial Services recommended that Kilpatrick be released on bond, finding that “he was neither a risk of flight nor a danger to the community” and can be trusted to remain free.
“The defendant is incentivized to be with his family and make any and all necessary preparations for his incarceration,” Thomas said in the court papers. “To make an issue regarding Mr. Kilpatrick’s risk of flight is nonsensical … Mr. Kilpatrick is a person who is very well recognized due to the extreme amount of publicity before, during and after a very lengthy trial.”
Kilpatrick legal troubles have been well documents. He was convicted of racketeering, bribery, extortion, mail and wire fraud and tax charges. And his longtime contractor friend and codefendant Bobby Ferguson was convicted on nine of 11 counts for similar crimes.
Bernard Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick’s father, was found guilty on one of four counts and faces up to three years in prison for filing false taxes. Kilpatrick and Ferguson each face up to 20 years in prison writes the newspaper.
Do you think Kilpatrick should be released on bail?
UPDATE: According to the Huffington Post, a federal judge has denied a request by ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to be released on bond while he awaits sentencing. It was U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds who made the bond denial decision, citing Kilpatrick’s criminal record and history of problems adhering to parole conditions. Kilpatrick’s lawyer had argued that his client isn’t a flight risk or a danger to the public. He also said his client needed to leave prison so he can receive treatment for a knee injury.