Kilpatrick writes blog post seeking pardon or clemency of his prison sentence

Posted at 8:23 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-13 18:07:45-04

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is hoping to be pardoned or have his sentence commuted by the President of the United States.

Kilpatrick made the statement on a lengthy blog entry that was posted Tuesday on the Free Kwame Project website.

The post ends with Kilpatrick writing, "By God’s grace, I have received a pardon from Him, through Christ Jesus. I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well."

It's not clear if Kilpatrick has actually asked for a pardon, or under which president he made any such request.

There's was some talk of a pardon during the closing days of President Barack Obama's time in office, but nothing ever came of it.

However, given events and the timing of the blog post, it is more likely that any request has been made recently, during President Donald Trump's time in office.

Trump has recently pardoned several high profile and controversial individuals, leading to a higher visibility of the pardon power.

So far there has been no comment beyond the blog post.

Kilpatrick is five years into a 28 year prison term following his conviction on corruption charges.

As he makes a plea for a pardon to President Trump, we wanted to know if those who once supported him would push for his release.

Investigator Simon Shaykhet hit the streets to talk with people about their expectations and experiences involving the former mayor, and if they would be surprised to see him set free.

He also tracked down the former head of the Detroit FBI, who shares his own insight on Kilpatrick after his conviction for public corruption, and his most recent attempted to end his 28-year prison term.