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Oof: Jury finds former Detroit mayor guilty of racketeering

posted at 5:12 pm on March 11, 2013 by

Yes, it is time to move forward from “this negative chapter in Detroit’s history” — and get to work on closing the chapter on Detroit’s out-of-control finances, too. Via Fox News:

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted Monday of corruption charges, ensuring a return to prison for a man once among the nation’s youngest big-city leaders.

Jurors convicted Kilpatrick of a raft of crimes, including a racketeering conspiracy charge. He was portrayed during a five-month trial as an unscrupulous politician who took bribes, rigged contracts and lived far beyond his means while in office until fall 2008. …

Internal Revenue Service agents said Kilpatrick spent $840,000 beyond his mayoral salary. …

Kilpatrick, 42, was elected in 2001 at age 31. He resigned in 2008 and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in a different scandal involving sexually explicit text messages and an extramarital affair with his chief of staff.

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Great news!!!

MaiDee on March 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Wait, a corrupt Democrat?

rbj on March 11, 2013 at 5:23 PM

What a surprise.

The Rogue Tomato on March 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Waiting for Big Media Pravda to accuse any R of a witch hunt on poor Kwame.

All that’s missing here, is a little Bi-Polar self defense.

Al Sharptone hit hardest.

FlaMurph on March 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

I hear that Mrs. Kilpatric will while away her husband’s prison time attending soirees all over Dallas in her diamonds and furs, while Detroit burns.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 11, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Odds on the jury members mysteriously having accidents after this?

mythicknight on March 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

The DNC shills at the Associated Press will probably blame the Irish then lament Kilpatrick’s fate mere days before St. Patrick’s Day.

viking01 on March 12, 2013 at 3:17 AM