Reaction: 28 Years A Harsh Sentence For Kwame Kilpatrick (page 2)
Weighing in on Twitter, Oakland County Executive L, Brooks Patterson said Kilpatrick’s sentencing for corruption marks “the end of a long Greek tragedy.”
Patterson said Kilpatrick ”was intelligent, charismatic [and] witty” but also very greedy. He said what bothers him most “is the sacrifice of a potentially brilliant career.”
Talking to CBSDetroit outsider the courthouse, Detroiter Khalil Fareed said Kilpatrick should have taken a plea.
Said Ishmael Bey,”This country has been in bankruptcy to the Queen of England since 1933 which means the courts are insolvent.”
Saying he felt the prosecution and most Detroiters were satisfied with the 28-year sentence, Pastor W.J. Rideout added, “In my mind justice was not served.”
Current Detroit Mayor Dave Bing issued the following statement:
“I’m glad that this negative chapter in Detroit’s history has finally come to an end for our citizens. Although I certainly feel for the Kilpatrick family and the impact this sentence will have on them, public service requires a higher standard of ethics and accountability. Today’s sentencing sends a strong message to everyone in public office. As we move forward with Detroit’s transformation, honesty, transparency, and integrity in city leadership will be paramount.”
Kilpatrick — who resigned from office in 2008 amid a separate text-messaging scandal — was convicted of racketeering, bribery and extortion in a pay-to-play scheme to enrich himself and his friends.