Ex-Detroit Mayor Ordered To State Court Next Week
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A judge wants to see former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick next week for an update on restitution and other matters related to his 2008 conviction in state court.
Wayne County Judge David Groner set a status conference for Dec. 12 at 2 p.m., an hour after Kilpatrick’s corruption trial typically ends in federal court.
WWJ Legal Analyst Charlie Langton says Judge Groner is going to have to determine exactly how much money, if any, Kwame Kilpatrick made from the sale of his book. “The Court of Appeals said that there’s gotta be hearing and Kwame Kilpatrick has to do this under oath,” Langton said.
“Kwame Kilpatrick is in a federal court different whole system there where he does not have to testify,” Langton said. “He can take the 5th in that federal trial but in this trial, in the state trial, Kwame Kilpatrick will have to go on the stand and swear under oath all of the questions that the judge will have and the prosecutor will have about how much money is actually there from that book.”
Meantime, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office says Kilpatrick failed to make a $500 payment in November toward restitution owed to Detroit. He still owes more than $800,000 as a result of his 2008 conviction for obstructing justice in a civil lawsuit when he was mayor.
On Facebook, Wednesday, Kilpatrick posted about the issue, asserts that he did make that payment – only four days late, “Never been late or missed payment before, but media, court and prosecutors are up in arms. It’s causing yet another major distraction in the city,” he added.
Since September, Kilpatrick, his father and a third man have been in a federal trial, accused of bribery and fraud while in office.
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