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Detroit’s Ex-Mayor Sentenced to 28 Years for Corruption

 
 
Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 05:00 pm
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-10/detroit-s-ex-mayor-sentenced-to-28-years-for-corruption-1-.html

Isn't that an unusually harsh sentence for a politician who got rich at taxpayer expense in this day and age?
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 05:12 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
He must have been making it too obvious!

Oh yeah, he did it in Detroit - a city that went bankrupt. It must have been the overseers that made the sentence stick.

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Prosecutors asked Edmunds to sentence Kilpatrick to at least 28 years, saying he “systematically exploited his office to enrich himself, his friends and his family.” The U.S alleged that his conduct worsened Detroit’s fiscal woes a half-decade before it filed its record $18 billion municipal bankruptcy in July.

“Kilpatrick is not the main culprit of the city’s historic bankruptcy, which is the result of larger social and economic forces at work for decades,” prosecutors said in an Oct. 3 court filing. “But his corrupt administration exacerbated the crisis.”

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Kilpatrick, who has been held in federal prison in Milan, Michigan, since his conviction, resigned in September 2008 after pleading guilty to two state felony counts of obstruction of justice for lying on the witness stand in an unrelated case.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 05:50 pm
@Ragman,
I thought these things only happened in Chicago or the Boston of James Michael Curley's day.
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 06:42 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
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Isn't that an unusually harsh sentence for a politician who got rich at taxpayer expense in this day and age?


Hell yes crimes dealing with hundreds of millions had resulted in less of a sentence.
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 08:30 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Of course, add Philly to the list and Newark, ... etc.

For those that weren't aware of him (before their times), Curley was 5 term mayor of Beantown, one-time Gov. of Mass and 2-timer in the House of Representatives. His popularity was so great that he was on one occasion reelected mayor while serving time in prison for a felony conviction (mail fraud).

He was considered by some as one of the greatest rascals of all-time...almost in Huey Long territory.
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Thu 10 Oct, 2013 08:43 pm
@Ragman,
Yeah, he was something else. Vote buying and ballot-box stuffing was a specialty. He is often quoted as the one who coined the phrase, "Vote early and vote often." But he was popular as all get-out with his constituency.
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Reply Tue 15 Oct, 2013 04:51 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Perhaps, but it shouldn't be.

Sounds right to me.
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