Ex-Detroit mayor sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption
Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced former mayor of Detroit, was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption following a series of scandals that showed he had unchecked power while in office.I didn't expect Kilpatrick to get hit with that kind of sentence. I would have put money on a slap on the wrist, maybe a few years in a minimum security prison. I mean, it's not like Kilpatrick did anything outside the ordinary for a politician, right? I mean, who hasn't spent $800,000 of city money on themselves, on things like Vegas trips and two vehicles for their wives, right? What's a little graft and corruption when your big city is crumbling into dust faster than you can say "Need another bailout", right?
Kilpatrick’s defense attorneys originally had argued that federal prosecutors were overreaching when they recommended he get 28 years – but Judge Nancy Edmunds handed down every minute of it.
What's especially surprising is that they're making Kilpatrick make restitution. Now, after 28 years in jail, this may be a purely symbolic gesture, but it is a nice touch. I think this is exactly the right kind of thing to do - hit them hard and in the pocketbook. It's disgraceful to think that while Detroit was sliding further and further into the abyss, Kilpatrick was lining his own pockets with taxpayer dollars. He'll have the better part of three decades to re-think the error of his ways.
This is a good start - now let's see about 10,000 more of these...
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