DETROIT (WXYZ) - Now that Detroit’s former mayor is asking a judge to release him from custody, federal prosecutors are again saying he should stay behind bars at the Milan Correctional Facility.
Earlier this week, Kwame Kilpatrick’s lawyer asked the court to release the former mayor on bond. Federal prosecutors have just filed a response to that request and as expected; they’re saying Kilpatrick should stay where he is.
You’ll recall; after the jury found Kilpatrick guilty on 24 different charges – including racketeering conspiracy US District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds remanded him back into federal custody.
He and Bobby Ferguson are locked up right now at the Milan Correctional Facility.
Kilpatrick’s lawyer offered up Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick’s home as collateral in order to get the former mayor released on bond.
Now the feds are responding, saying Kilpatrick has a history of lying to the courts about his assets. They also say one of the reasons he should stay locked up is his history of being able to access large amounts of cash.
The defense maintains Kilpatrick has no money and just wants to spend time with his family until the sentencing which could be four months away.
Kilpatrick is facing decades behind bars once Judge Edmunds sentences him. Ultimately it will be up to her to decide to release him before sentencing.
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