Deposed Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is back in Detroit today facing a hearing about his current status and wanting to continue his luxorious lifestyle in the very conservative state of Texas.
From The Washington Post:
DETROIT — A motion to postpone Kwame Kilpatrick’s arraignment for a probation violation refers to the former Detroit mayor as a “darker version” of ex-President Bill Clinton and claims his legal troubles continue to hold the city back.
The document, filed late Tuesday with the Michigan Court of Appeals by defense attorney Daniel Hajji, asks the court to grant a stay of the arraignment set for Friday in a lower court, which could land Kilpatrick back in jail.
And while Detroit deteriorates to the conditions of a third world country, Kilpatrick and his lawyers demand that he be allowed to continue to ignore his financial responsibility to the City of Detroit and to live his lavish lifestyle he has become quite fond of.
From WZZM13 News:
Kilpatrick’s attorney, Daniel Hajji, made the claim in an impassioned 14-page motion filed with the state Court of Appeals late Tuesday in an effort to postpone the ex-Detroit mayor’s Friday probation-violation hearing in circuit court — one that could eventually land him behind bars.
Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner will arraign Kilpatrick for failing to pay $79,011 toward the $1 million he owes in restitution by last Friday’s deadline. Kilpatrick and his lawyers say he doesn’t have the money, despite his plush lifestyle in a tony Dallas suburb and $120,000-a-year sales job for Covisint, a Compuware subsidiary.
“The clientele he must establish a rapport with are likely to be the privileged and the affluent,” Hajji said in the motion. “Burgers and beer at the local bar is not going to be sufficient.”
Maria Miller, spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, said: “We intend to file a response tomorrow with the Court of Appeals.”
Kwame Kilpatrick is living large because, his lawyer says, he has to.