See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kwame Kilpatrick is trying to get out of prison again

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 4:15 PM

click to enlarge Kwame Kilpatrick - PATRICIA MARKS/SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Patricia Marks/Shutterstock
  • Kwame Kilpatrick
Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has filed a motion asking a federal judge to vacate his 28-year prison sentence for public corruption, including racketeering, bribery, and extortion.

Kilpatrick claims “There was no ‘pay to play,’" during his time in office and that “the theater surrounding the trial, and the misinformation and wrong instructions given to the jury, created an environment of unfairness and injustice."



The motion was filed last week and resembles a previous, unsuccessful effort by Kilpatrick to have his sentence vacated. This time, however, Kilpatrick wants to have his racketeering charge tossed because the jury was given incorrect instructions of what defines an “official act.”

click to enlarge screen_shot_2017-07-05_at_4.03.30_pm.png

Wayne State University law professor and former prosecutor Peter Henning tells the Detroit News that there has been new case law since Kilpatrick’s conviction that defines “official acts.”

In his last appeal — which the U.S. Supreme Court declined to pick up a year ago — Kilpatrick contended his trial lawyers had a conflict of interest and that federal agents were given excessive leeway to prosecute him.

Kilpatrick is currently being held at a federal penitentiary in Reno, Okla. He was convicted of two dozen public corruption charges in March of 2013.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 18, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2020 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation