Ex-Detroit mayor Kilpatrick released from state prison – what next?

August 6, 2011

Still facing a host of federal charges – Southlake, Texas resident and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walked out of prison a free man after serving just over 14 months of a 5-year sentence at a state facility in Jackson, Michigan.

Kilpatrick had been serving time for violating probation related to a 2008 case against him. He is to check in with a Texas parole officer on his arrival as he is required to serve two years of parole.

As you might remember , Kilpatrick pleaded guilty in September 2008 to two felony counts of obstruction of justice stemming from his efforts to cover up an extramarital affair.  Following his plea, he spent more than three months in jail before being released in February 2009 on five years of probation.  However, in May 25, 2010, Wayne County Judge David Groner sentenced Kilpatrick to five years in prison for failing to report assets that could be used to pay the restitution, a violation of his probation.

Kilpatrick will be subject to usual restrictions for parolees, plus an order to pay back what his lawyer called $860,000 in restitution.


Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was back in federal court facing more indictments!

January 10, 2011

A 38-count indictment alleging bribery and racketeering charges faced former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, who is also charged and will make his first appearance as a criminal defendant.  Likewise, Kwame Kilpatrick’s one time chief of staff Derrick Miller and good friend businessman Bobby Ferguson are named in the incitements.

After indictments are read and pleas were entered, Kwame Kilpatrick returned to Milan prison where he is serving an 18 month sentence for probation violation in his perjury case.

Prior entries on Kwame Kilpatrick are listed here:





Every Choice has a Consequence.  Do you think the outcome for Kilpatrick is just?


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Kwame Kilpatrick sent packing to Prison – Choices and Consequences! Comments by Business Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher

May 26, 2010

Back in 2008 I wrote a series of reports on the actions of Kwame Kilpatrick – former mayor of Detroit.  At the time, it seemed clear to all concerned that Kilpatrick was in serious trouble for his actions while Mayor.  For background information – just in case you are unaware – read the following entries:




Looks like Mr. Kilpatrick’s worst nightmare has come true.  PRISON!  Yep…you got it.  Found guilty in April of violating his probation by failing to report assets that could be used to pay restitution, Kilpatrick was sentenced by Wayne County, Michigan, Judge David Groner to a minimum of 5 years in prison.  Kilpatrick must serve a minimum of a year and a half, minus 120 days credit for time served.

Kilpatrick plead guilty back in September 2008 to two felony counts of obstruction of justice stemming from his efforts to cover up an extramarital affair. He also plead no contest to charges of assaulting a police officer attempting to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend in that case.  He was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution as part of his original plea deal.

Not long after I left this bustling community – Southlake, TX – Kilpatrick was reported to have relocated there.  For those who are unfamiliar Southlake is a very upscale community that, well lets put it this way, requires reasonable income to survive.  So a fair question is – how could Kilpatrick afford Southlake and effectively pay $1 million in restitution?

Answer!  He couldn’t.

According to a CNN report:

On April 20, Groner ruled that Kilpatrick had violated probation by failing to turn over his tax return. The judge noted that Kilpatrick had just made a payment of $3,000 on his restitution bill.

“That’s $3,000 more for the city of Detroit, and I bet he makes another $3,000 payment next month,” Groner said then.

“Let’s get the money if we can. If I put him in jail, it’s your tax dollars, Wayne County, and if he’s in jail, the county doesn’t get that money.”

Kilpatrick still needs to pay $860,000 in restitution as a condition of parole.

Soon after Tuesday’s ruling, Kilpatrick’s employer fired him from his six-figure sales job in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Kilpatrick must serve a minimum of a year and a half, minus 120 days credit for time served.  Guess during that time Kilpatrick will have reflection time to discover how and when he will begin the massive job of meeting his parole terms.

Every choice has a consequence and it seems that Kilpatrick is – again – getting a taste of consequences more clearly so that perhaps he’ll make more empowering choices moving forward.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty Plead – Not Guilty – to Perjury!

March 25, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty five years ago were having an affair. The lies and deception that followed cost the City of Detroit more than $9 million dollars, and cost former police officers their career.


Now the two are accused of lying under oath – Perjury, Obstruction of Justice and Misconduct in Office. If you recall, perjury is what Martha Stewart was convicted of and served time in prison for. Now these two are facing the same issue.

According to a CNN report: Both Kilpatrick and Beatty declined to enter pleas Tuesday before 36th District Court Chief Magistrate Steven Lockhart. Lockhart entered the pleas on their behalf.

Lockhart set a $75,000 personal bond for both defendants. If convicted on all charges, Kilpatrick could face 80 years in prison and/or $40,000 in fines. Beatty could face 75 years and/or $30,000 in fines.

“This is a historic moment, a sad moment. No sitting mayor of Detroit has ever been charged with a crime,” Detroit Free Press reporter Jim Schaefer told CNN on Tuesday.

The case is about much more than sexually explicit text messages, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said earlier Tuesday.

“Text messages are just part of the case,” Worthy said on CNN’s “American Morning.” “We have much more evidence than that.

“It is not just about the sexual affair. It is about lying under oath. It is about betraying the public trust. It is about using $8.4 million of the taxpayers’ money to cover up that information from coming out.”

How did this all come about? It appears that the allegations of the affair were made public in a whistle blower trial for two former officers of the city. While “perjury” is generally used in a criminal case, this may be the first time that the Wayne County prosecutor’s office has used perjury from statements made in a civil case.

“In January, the Free Press reported that in an analysis of nearly 14,000 text messages on Beatty’s city-issued pager it found some from 2002 and 2003 that indicated she and the mayor were having an affair.”

But, every choice has a consequence. As a business ethics speaker (www.chuckgallagher.com), I share that sentiment with audiences nation wide. You can run but you cannot hide – from the truth. It is said that you reap what you sow. Most of the people who find themselves facing consequences they did not anticipate – assume that if they are not caught or can cover up the truth – what is hidden will stay that way forever. That is further from the truth. Funny, but “truth” has a way of sneaking to the surface.

In this case the truth will either set you free or be the catalyst for a prison sentence.