Kwame Kilpatrick, dubbed Detroit’s Hip-Hop Mayor, charged with various counts of corruption along with two other defendants was remanded to Federal custody today at 2:00pm. According to a Detroit Free Press Live blog, Kilpatrick sat quietly surrounded by members of his family, awaiting the decision as to whether he would be granted probation pending sentencing, or instead detained in a Federal prison cell while he awaits final sentencing about three months from now.
Federal Judge Nancy Edmonds heard both sides before having a final recess that last no more than ten minutes the Free Press Reporter said. Then, she returned to the bench, after a very short dissertation she remanded Kilpatrick over to Federal Authorities.
Kilpatrick was immediately ushered out of the court Room.
According to the Reporter the former Mayor sat waiting for the judges final determination as to whether he would get three more months of freedom. The judge said that in most cases that the incentive to return for trial is there but when it comes to conviction incentive might disappear. Kilpatrick then closed his eyes and began muttering under his breath. When the judge said that she was remanding them over to Federal Authorities, the reporter noted that Kilpatrick reached into his suit pocket and removed a plastic bag and put something into his mouth. I don’t know what that was about the reporter noted.
Then it was said that Kilpatrick and his co-defendant, Bobby Ferguson were ushered quickly out of the court room.
Based on information from news accounts Kilpatrick could spend over twenty years in a Federal Prison.
This ends the saga of Kwame Kilpatrick. He was immediately ushered out of a court room into the custody of Federal Agents. He goes into a different world now. He will no longer be known as the Mayor. Just a number assigned to him, and a Cell in a Federal Prison.
While the fiscal dis-a-ray of Detroit can not be totally blamed on Kwame, it is certain that the ailing city did not get any real help from the Mayor and his administration. They profited large amounts of dollars from Detroit at the expense of its citizens. The only problem is, is that they got caught. Now, the time has come to pay the piper.
The Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder has decided that he would endorse the recommendation of a special task force and appoint an Emergency Manager for the fiscally ill City of Detroit. The Detroit City Council plans to appeal that recommendation on Thursday before the Michigan Treasury Dept. but it is most likely that an Emergency Manager will be appointed. Mayor David Bing though, has decided to clarify that he stands ready to work with whoever the appointee is. He sees no reason to appeal the decision but instead he is preparing for cooperation.
That is why the Kilpatrick story is such a sad chapter in the history of this once great city. So many people will now attach Kilpatrick to the fall of Detroit. While that might be a legitimate question for the history buffs to ponder, one thing is for sure. Kwame Kilpatrick did not help matters much.
Perhaps now, after this long trial, and saga challenging the State’s authority to assign an emergency manager to Detroit, we can get on with the real business of the day. Saving the City of Detroit from fiscal collapse. As for Kilpatrick? Well, I guess we can worry about him somewhere around twenty years from now.