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Bond Denied For Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

 

A federal judge denied bond for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Wednesday (March 27). Kilpatrick is currently in custody on corruption charges, and is awaiting sentencing.

Kilpatrick’s attorney argued that he wasn’t a flight risk, but  U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds denied a bond amount for the 42-year-old, based on his failure to previously comply with the terms of his parole. “As the government established at the March 11 detention hearing, defendant Kwame Kilpatrick has demonstrated repeatedly that he accepted money from business leaders and family members, while at the same time lying to and misleading the courts about his assets and ignoring the direction of his probation and parole officers to report income and gifts,” Edmunds said, referring to Kilpatrick spending the weekend in jail back in January for violating his parole several times.

The ex-mayor’s mother, former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, offered to put her home up as collateral, attempting to make sure that her son shows up to court, yet the judge remained undeterred.

“Despite [Kilpatrick’s] repeated argument at the March 11 detention hearing, defendant Kwame Kilpatrick has demonstrated repeatedly that he accepted money from business leaders and family members, while at the same time lying and misleading the courts about his assets and ignoring the directions of his probation and parole to report income and gifts.”

Earlier in the month, Kilpatrick his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, and friend, Bobby Furgeson, were all  found guilty on several charges stemming from claims that he accepted bribes, and used faulty practices to elicit business contracts.

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