Thursday, September 4, 2008

The End Is Near For Hip Hop Mayor

Well after my countless posts concerning Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, it appears that an end to his contentious reign as mayor is nearly over. According to the Detroit Free Press the mayor may plead guilty to various charges today and face the following:

As it stood Wednesday night, the deal, according to a source familiar with the negotiations, calls for the mayor pleading guilty to two felonies -- both counts dealing with obstruction of justice by committing perjury, four months in jail, $1 million in restitution, and five years' probation during which he would not run for office. The mayor also would turn over his state pension to the City of Detroit. The source stressed the situation remained fluid. James Thomas, one of Kilpatrick's attorneys, said Wednesday evening that the mayor was negotiating jail time, which would be a change in Kilpatrick's earlier reported stance that he would not agree to any deal that would put him behind bars.

Kilpatrick had previously rejected any offers that contained jail time, but it looks pretty obvious that he will be facing some time behind bars. Kwame at one time was a rising star in the Democratic Party, and as much as I've criticized him, it's tough to see a talented brother's career go down in flames. He's obviously very smart and talented, so I hope when he resurfaces, and he will, he'll be a better man.

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