Kilpatrick To Be Released August 2nd

DETROIT (WWJ) – A spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections says former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released from prison on Tuesday, August 2 at 6:30 a.m..

Kilpatrick spent more than a year in custody for violating probation in a criminal case that forced him out of office in 2008.

So, what’s next for the ex-Mayor? WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with legal analyst Charlie Langton.

“There’s actually a lot on his agenda. He will be on parole for the next 24 months, so he’ll be on a fairly short leash,” said Langton

“But the idea now is he will be going to Texas to join his family, although he has to report to the federal court here in Michigan because he now faces two federal charges,” Langton said, adding that special media and security arrangements are being made to ensure Kilpatrick’s safety at the time of his release.

Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in 2008 in a case that was tied to his cover up of an extramarital affair with his chief of staff. He was sent to prison in May of 2010 by a judge who said the ex-mayor had mis-led authorities and failed to turn over certain assets toward his $1 million restitution to Detroit.

He was released early due to good behavior, and is now expected to spend some of his free time preparing for trial in 2012 on unrelated corruption charges. Kilpatrick, his father and others, face a sweeping 38-count federal indictment that accuses them of taking kickbacks and bribes in exchange for city contracts.


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