In Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick's (Money) Woes
Nearly six years ago, then Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was one of the most sought-after figures at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. This afternoon, Kilpatrick is making his second appearance in a downtown Detroit courtroom to explain why he can't pay nearly $1 million he promised taxpayers to resolve a sordid case that effectively ended his political career.
Adding to the saga, this YouTubed Final Call interview with Kilpatrick:
Kilpatrick's fall from grace was fast and hard. In September 2008, the youngest mayor in Detroit's history pled guilty to obstruction of justice and assaulting a police officer. He was sentenced to six months in prison. According to the terms of his probation, Kilpatrick resigned, pledged never again to run for elected office, and surrendered his public pensions and law license. He also agreed to pay Wayne County, Mich., which includes Detroit, a restitution of nearly $1 million. So far, Kilpatrick has paid about $90,000 of that sum. But despite having a $120,000-year job in Dallas with a subsidiary of Compuware, the billion-dollar software company based in Detroit, Kilpatrick now claims he cannot afford to meet the payment terms of his probation agreement. (Never mind his family's rented suburban mansion and flashy cars.)