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Detroit ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick turned City Hall into a den of bribes, prosecutor says
http://www.mercurynews.com (AP) ^ | 09/21/2012 | Ed White

Posted on 09/21/2012 11:17:17 PM PDT by South40

DETROIT -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick conspired with his father and best friend to turn City Hall into a den of bribes and kickbacks, a prosecutor said Friday as jurors heard opening statements in Kilpatrick's corruption trial.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow gave jurors a 40-minute overview of what they'll see and hear in the months ahead. He said Kilpatrick was an enthusiastic rising star in Michigan politics who moved from the state Legislature, then enriched himself with hundreds of thousands of dollars by muscling contractors, fooling political supporters and rigging city business.

"This was not politics as usual," Chutkow said. "This was extortion, bribery, fraud. ... They broke their oath to serve this city. It was the citizens of the city of Detroit who were left holding the short end of the stick."

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 09/21/2012 11:17:24 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

Gee, after three decades of destructive Detroit rule by Communist Party hack Coleman Young, Kwame is a piker, but jail is still a fitting new home.

Detroit reminds me of the movie “Phantasm” where an evil killer wipes out town after town. Coleman, Kwame, same difference.

Angus Scrimm rules!


2 posted on 09/21/2012 11:29:37 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: South40

I’m quite certain Obama has done the exact same thing in Washington.

Pay to play.

Reward your friends, punish your enemies.

The democrats tell us who they are every chance they get, but America is too stupid to listen.

Gotta keep up with the Kardashians or whatever.


3 posted on 09/21/2012 11:35:15 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: South40

If he gets a predominantly black jury he’ll go scot free even though he’s guilty as all hell.


4 posted on 09/21/2012 11:40:47 PM PDT by Bullish (Barry's not fit to shine the shoes of a REAL President.)
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To: South40
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick conspired with his father and best friend to turn City Hall into a den of bribes and kickbacks

I wonder if he's a Democrat.

5 posted on 09/21/2012 11:49:52 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; Impy; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Clemenza; ...

It reminds me of the time I was on another political forum about 7 years ago and I stated that Detroit was hopelessly corrupt, especially due to 5 decades of uninterrupted Democrat rule.

A state representative (from Detroit, Black Democrat) got mad at my comments and responded, stating there was no corruption and that Detroit was “on the move” (yeah, over 1.3 million folks voting with their feets in fleeing en masse since the 1950s, absolutely without equal for a single locale in the history of the United States), and that it was the “Mecca of (leftist) Black intellectual thought, action, and planning for America.” That he didn’t recognize how truly sad a statement that was is quite telling.

He capped it by saying they wouldn’t go back to the “bad old days” (y’know, when Detroit had 2 million citizens with a white majority, a half-dozen members of Congress, low unemployment, booming economy, one of the most beautiful cities in the nation, and Republican-run, as it was until Al Cobo died in 1957).

About a week or so after he made the remarks, he was indicted for corruption... and he was promptly reelected with about 97% of the vote.


6 posted on 09/22/2012 12:08:23 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: South40

What K-wammee needs is a stout rope and a fine hangin’.


7 posted on 09/22/2012 1:22:28 AM PDT by exnavy (The time is upon us, fish or cut bait, may God guide your heart.)
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To: South40

Bump


8 posted on 09/22/2012 1:27:39 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Kwamee "fooled" supporters.

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9 posted on 09/22/2012 2:32:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: South40
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick conspired with his father and best friend to turn take over City Hall, into a den of bribes and kickbacks...

Fixed it.

10 posted on 09/22/2012 2:56:56 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: chris37

I can’t decide whether they’re too stupid to listen, or if they fully understand it and admire it.


11 posted on 09/22/2012 3:09:03 AM PDT by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: FrdmLvr

They’re all in the pocket of Matty Maroun who somehow manages to stay clean.


12 posted on 09/22/2012 3:18:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: South40

Any brother who sticks it to whitey is a hero. Kwame blew it, though, because he didn’t spread the payoff sauce thick enough to satisfy his fellow brothers. That brings down bad ju-ju every single time. So take heed, dear brothers. You be ripping off whitey is fine, but spread the sauce on the palm of your brothers or you be scrubbing trashcans in cellblock A.


13 posted on 09/22/2012 4:34:18 AM PDT by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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To: South40
"This was not politics as usual," Chutkow said. "This was extortion, bribery, fraud. ... They broke their oath to serve this city. It was the citizens of the city of Detroit who were left holding the short end of the stick."

Ah, they owned the "Chicago Politics" franchise in Detroit.

14 posted on 09/22/2012 4:39:01 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: sergeantdave

A smart prosecutor will paint him as a man who didn’t give back to the people.


15 posted on 09/22/2012 4:49:53 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: South40

What is it about blacks in elective office and the abuse of power?

Most are like kids robbing candy stores with no thought for what happens when they get to the exit door with bulging pockets and a trail of dropped candy behind.

The only real differences between Kwame Kilpatrick and Barack Obama is that Kwame Kilpatrick doesn’t have the media protection Obama has and Kwame Kilpatrick had a longer period of time to fleece his sheep.


16 posted on 09/22/2012 4:51:01 AM PDT by Iron Munro (US Embassies Come and Go But An Obama Apology Lasts Forever)
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To: chris37

Audit, analyze, indict, prosecute, convict, and add asset seizure to that jail time.

I will be surprised if less than $100B has been stolen by the current mal-administration!

It is the thought of jail that will drive Obama and his cronies to desperation in November.

We must not fail in this fight!


17 posted on 09/22/2012 9:26:07 AM PDT by darth
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To: South40

S.O.P is Democrat-run cities.


18 posted on 09/22/2012 9:27:28 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

s/b S.O.P. in Democrat-run cities.


19 posted on 09/22/2012 9:27:57 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LOL, you might have told me about that before, what was the guys’s name?


20 posted on 09/24/2012 5:57:54 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy

George Cushingberry, Jr.


21 posted on 09/24/2012 7:19:20 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

His suckipedia article doesn’t mention his indictment, I guess he beat the rap. It also doesn’t mention the fact that he didn’t run again in 2010 due to term limits.

There’s a blog that must be run by his boyfriend or something.

http://friendsofgeorge.blogspot.com/


22 posted on 09/26/2012 11:49:29 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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