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Forum Post: Ex-Detroit mayor convicted of widespread corruption

Posted 11 years ago on March 11, 2013, 6:42 p.m. EST by DouglasAdams (208)
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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, once seen as a rising star in Democratic Party politics, was convicted on Monday on two dozen federal charges of corruption and bribery during his seven-year tenure.

Prosecutors accused Kilpatrick, 42, of widespread corruption, extorting bribes from contractors who wanted to get or keep city contracts, and turning the mayor's office into "Kilpatrick Incorporated" from 2001 until he resigned in 2008.

Kilpatrick could face prison sentences of up to 20 years for the most serious charges for steering more than $83 million worth of municipal contracts to his friend Bobby Ferguson, a city contractor, who shared some of the money with the former mayor.

"Kwame Kilpatrick didn't lead the city. He looted the city," Barbara McQuade, the attorney in Detroit, told a news conference. "While Kwame Kilpatrick enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, he watched the quality of life erode for the people of Detroit."




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[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 11 years ago

I don't know what is more difficult - finding an honest republican, or a dishonest Democrat

[-] 0 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 11 years ago

Here, let me get you a bib.

[-] -3 points by urbanguy (-67) 11 years ago

Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!!!!! This goes way beyond your usual Dem. butt kissing. Wow.

Well (against all odds) they found a dishonest Dem in Detroit. Care to condemn? Or will that go against your programming and cause you to short circuit?

[-] 2 points by DouglasAdams (208) 10 years ago

Very sad...

It has the appearance of greed, but banks don't build cars: automobile factories do, banks don't build airplanes: airplane factories do, banks don't build computers: computer factories do. Banks aren't into bioresearch, aerospace, affordable housing, affordable education, affordable healthcare, much less interested in free housing, free education or free healthcare,

One important point to remember is banks are primarily interested in making money above everything else. Since almost all of this stuff is being manufactured outside of the United States the banks are making a lot of money all of the time and have nothing much to show for it except inflation.

Banks aren't going to let a little urban blight get in the way of their making a lot more money.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

And what say you to the widespread corruption of Snyder, Orr and the entire ALEC/Koch machine that is currently and has in the past ripped off Detroit and Michigan in general in more ways than even Kwame ever thought possible?