Detroit’s Ex-Hip Hop Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Can’t Stay Out of Trouble — Not Even While He’s on Trial in Fed Court

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit
DETROIT — In downtown Detroit, normally Monday through Friday, ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has his hands full as a defendant in one of the biggest public corruption trials in federal court in recent times. The case started in September and will certainly go into February, if not beyond.

But some how the ex-mayor, who was once dubbed the hip-hop mayor because of his youth, is having a hard time staying out of trouble while he’s on trial.

Fox 2’s M.L. Elrick obtained and published surveillance video from a Walmart store in Chesterfield Township, outside of Detroit, showing Kilpatrick cashing a $2,000 wire transfer in December  from Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church in Chicago.

Fox 2 reported that Kilpatrick pocketed at least $800 of the money and wired about $1,100 to Texas, where his family lives. Problem is,  he’s on parole for  obstruction of justice in a state conviction that stemmed from sex texts and lying in court.  He still owes $800,000 to the city of Detroit and must, according to his parole conditions,  regularly report income or gifts to the state.

So on Thursday, after spending the morning in court, Kilpatrick went to his mother’s house (she former Congress member Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick)  where the parole officers from the the Michigan Department of Corrections fit him with a tether for violating his parole. Fox2 reports that he cab only  travel between his mother’s house and court, see his lawyers or go to approved speaking engagements for an undefined amount of time.

“Part of his parole conditions are that he has to report to us any income that he receives, any gifts that he receives during the month,”  Russ Marlan from the Michigan Department of Corrections told Fox2. “The problem is he reported zero dollars in income, zero dollars in gifts for the month of December.”

For a guy who became the youngest elected mayor in Detroit (he was 31) and for a guy who has a law degree and was a former state representative, Kilpatrick could act a little smarter.


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