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Ex-Detroit mayor Kilpatrick convicted of racketeering in corruption trial
US News ^ | 03/11/2013 | Erin McClam

Posted on 03/11/2013 8:09:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted Monday of racketeering conspiracy after prosecutors said he presided over a breathtaking profit machine by rigging contracts and demanding bribes.

The racketeering count carries up to 20 years in prison. Kilpatrick was convicted of at least six other criminal counts and acquitted of one, and jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict on two. Kilpatrick was charged with 30 federal crimes. The verdict was still being delivered in federal court in Detroit.

Jurors began deliberating Feb. 18.

Kilpatrick, 42, was charged with bribery, extortion and tax evasion

Prosecutors said that Kilpatrick, a Democrat, steered $83 million in city contracts to Ferguson in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks. They also told jurors that the ex-mayor raided his own nonprofit for personal expenses.

Kilpatrick’s lawyer told jurors that Kilpatrick never extorted anyone and that he only helped Ferguson win city business because he knew Ferguson would hire people who live in Detroit.

Kilpatrick was considered a rising Democratic star when he was elected in 2001, but his tenure was scarred by allegations of cronyism, nepotism and out-of-control spending.

(Excerpt) Read more at usnews.nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 2ndthread; corruption; detroit; kilkpatrick; kilpatrick; kwamekilpatrick; michigan

1 posted on 03/11/2013 8:09:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

All together now...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww


2 posted on 03/11/2013 8:10:51 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: SeekAndFind
Kilpatrick was considered a rising Democratic star when he was elected in 2001, but his tenure was scarred by allegations of cronyism, nepotism and out-of-control spending.

And one very suspicious unsolved murder...

3 posted on 03/11/2013 8:12:37 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: SeekAndFind

Happy St. Patty’s Day Kwame, you steaming turd!

Detroit Denby, Class of 67.


4 posted on 03/11/2013 8:13:25 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: SeekAndFind

Just a typical democrat. Only difference is he was caught.


5 posted on 03/11/2013 8:15:58 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: VRWCarea51
And one very suspicious unsolved murder...

True....

6 posted on 03/11/2013 8:18:26 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Two prominent black Dem pols (JJJr and KK) go down under federal attack.

Apparently they didn’t pay enough in tribute to Baraq and WithHolder.


7 posted on 03/11/2013 8:21:18 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SeekAndFind
Kilpatrick was considered a rising Democratic star when he was elected in 2001,

He's gotta' be highly electable . . . look at these two scumbags

Bill Clinton: rape, sexual predator, thief, drug abuse, traitor, perjurer

Hillary Clinton: thief, liar, perjurer, possible accessory to murder, abuser of a corpse, obstructor of justice, traitor

8 posted on 03/11/2013 8:22:41 AM PDT by laweeks
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WIKI-—Kwame’s mother, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick’s, 2008 Congressional campaign was plagued by controversy surrounding her son and his involvement in a text messaging sex scandal. However, Kilpatrick narrowly won....in a predominatly Black district she had previously won in a rout.

In 2010, she was again challenged in the Democratic primary...and lost.

NPR and CBS News both noted that throughout her re-election campaign, she was dogged by questions about her son, Kwame Kilpatrick, who is in prison on numerous corruption charges. Michigan Live reported that her election defeat could in part be attributed to Kwame’s scandals....and those of her ex-husband.

Kilpatrick married then divorced Bernard Nathaniel Kilpatrick, with whom she also has a daughter Ayanna. She has six grandsons, including two sets of twins.

Both her husband and son were on trial under an 89-page felony indictment.


9 posted on 03/11/2013 8:22:45 AM PDT by Liz
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To: SeekAndFind
Kilpatrick was considered a rising Democratic star when he was elected in 2001...

It's too bad someone doesn't do an annual "rising Democratic star" list, or a "Top 40 Democrats under 40" - and then do a follow up 10 years later. Guarantee that most of them will be doing time for bribery, tax evasion, or some other crime.

10 posted on 03/11/2013 8:26:49 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: Liz

Typical big-city DIMocRAT family. Move along, Citizenj...there’s nothing to see here.


11 posted on 03/11/2013 8:28:29 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Liz

Typical big-city DIMocRAT family. Move along, Citizen...there’s nothing to see here.


12 posted on 03/11/2013 8:29:02 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.
...prosecutors said he presided over a breathtaking profit machine by rigging contracts and demanding bribes. The racketeering count carries up to 20 years in prison. Kilpatrick was convicted of at least six other criminal counts and acquitted of one, and jurors said they were unable to reach a verdict on two. Kilpatrick was charged with 30 federal crimes. The verdict was still being delivered in federal court in Detroit... Kilpatrick, 42, was charged with bribery, extortion and tax evasion

13 posted on 03/11/2013 8:30:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SeekAndFind
For the sake of efficiency Detroit should eliminate the middle man by electing people already in jail. No new trials or investigations and the voters will have “face time” on visiting day.
14 posted on 03/11/2013 8:31:21 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cronyism, nepotism and out-of-control spending.
That just about covers the democrat party and the base approves,business as usual.


15 posted on 03/11/2013 8:34:26 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: SeekAndFind

16 posted on 03/11/2013 8:35:47 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Hot dog! Another resume enhancement for a Democrap politician "brother". Just like former DC mayor Marion Berry and ex-felon, he's now on the DC city council. Felony convictions are Donkey resume enhancement for voters. Ex-felon and pervert Mel Reynolds is running for JJJ's seat in Congress and he will fit right in, if elected.
17 posted on 03/11/2013 8:40:22 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: SeekAndFind
It has become a hackneyed theme. Enterprising individuals build a great city. The prosperous city is reduced to rubble by naive, well meaning, misinformed utopians and opportunists.
18 posted on 03/11/2013 8:41:42 AM PDT by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: SeekAndFind
Kwame - used to be Ubangi for "Affican Prince"

Now it means "Prison Biatch"

19 posted on 03/11/2013 8:42:22 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Guarantee that most of them will be doing time for bribery, tax evasion, or some other crime.

And they will have done incredible damage on the way. All the cities run by these people are devolving into chaos.

20 posted on 03/11/2013 8:43:42 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SeekAndFind

The jurors must be racists.


21 posted on 03/11/2013 8:57:57 AM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if the HNIC will wear his britches low in the pen...


22 posted on 03/11/2013 9:04:21 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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To: oldbrowser

Naive? Well meaning?

How about just plain evil?


23 posted on 03/11/2013 9:09:39 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: SeekAndFind
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24 posted on 03/11/2013 9:15:55 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SeekAndFind

African leadership at its finest. See buttface obama for a greater scale. 3rd world leaders have no place in US politics, imho.


25 posted on 03/11/2013 9:19:52 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

“It’s too bad someone doesn’t do an annual “rising Democratic star” list, or a “Top 40 Democrats under 40” - and then do a follow up 10 years later. “

You mean a sort of “Where are They Now” list?
Well, here’s one that works on the flip side, FROM Criminal TO Legislator!

http://colorado.mediatrackers.org/2013/03/06/breaking-anti-second-amendment-legislators-criminal-record-exposed/

Who knew it could work the other way?


26 posted on 03/11/2013 9:21:35 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: SeekAndFind

27 posted on 03/11/2013 9:52:00 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SeekAndFind

“Kilpatrick convicted of racketeering in corruption trial”

Because the rules are different for Kwame. That’s what he said back when the trial was just getting underway. He said that the only reason he and the others were charged was “because the rules were different” for him.


28 posted on 03/11/2013 9:55:00 AM PDT by RedBallJet
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To: wetgundog

Black Irish?


29 posted on 03/11/2013 10:06:27 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind

“”allegations of cronyism, nepotism “”

I thought that was the American way - at least in democrat administrations.

We’re seeing enough of it right now in DC.. I would say some are just so blatant, they’re bound to get caught. Others are just more clever and never rise to this level.


30 posted on 03/11/2013 10:07:54 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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Black Irish?

Ni**ers and Irish Keep off the Grass!!


31 posted on 03/11/2013 10:12:06 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZNvC_-RW2Q

Barry gives Kwame a rousing endorsement...


32 posted on 03/11/2013 12:31:13 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You’ll enjoy this one. Somebody flew a banner over Detroit today in “honor” of Kilpatrick.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2995851/posts


33 posted on 03/11/2013 4:36:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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