DETROIT (WWJ) – A Wayne County judge has denied an attempt by former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to use money raised from book sales for other expenses.
Judge David Groner ruled, Wednesday, that all money earned from the book should be used to pay restitution owed by Kilpatrick to the city.
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After the remaining restitution is paid, book profits would go to cover his prison stay.
“Kwame Kilpatrick was arguing that his free speech rights were being violated because of this restitution order. The judge said uh-uh, that’s not the case,” said WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton.
Kilpatrick can appeal the decision to a higher court. It was not immediately clear if he planned to do that.
The ex-mayor’s memoir entitled, “Surrendered; The Rise, Fall & Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick”, offers his point of view on a number of topics, including the scandal that led to his fall from power. He wrote the book while in prison.
Kilpatrick was released on parole on Aug. 2 and is now with his family in Texas.