Detroit, America's Crystal Ball: Think About The FutureSubmitted by barracuda_trader on Sat, 07/20/2013 - 23:01
Detroit is an example of what it looks like when the rule of law becomes the rule of a man.
Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born June 8, 1970) is a former United States politician who was a Michigan state representative and mayor of Detroit. Kilpatrick's mayorship was plagued by numerous scandals and rampant accusations of corruption, with the mayor eventually resigning after being convicted on felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick was sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty, but with good time awarded to county jail inmates in Michigan, he was released on probation after serving 99 days. On May 25, 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation, and served time at the Oaks Correctional Facility in northwest Michigan.
On March 11, 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 additional federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. The conviction stemmed from a 38-charge felony indictment, in what a federal prosecutor called a "pattern of extortion, bribery and fraud" by some of Detroit's most prominent officials. His sentencing was expected before the end of April 2013.