It’s been a little over a week since former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was released from jail after serving 99 days for perjury, but he might have already landed a new gig.
A Texas affiliate of Compuware Corp., a Detroit-based company, is set to name Kilpatrick to a new post soon, reports The Detroit Free Press.
The announcement might have been in the works for months, though. According to Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, back in October, Compuware Chairman Peter Karmanos told him he was going to make the job offer to Kilpatrick.
“I haven’t heard any details about what the job is. But I walked away from the conversations admiring Peter’s loyalty,” Patterson told the paper. “It wasn’t my place to question his decision.” While Kilpatrick’s specific duties were not revealed, it is clear that he will not have any contact with customers in Michigan.
Kilpatrick and his family moved to the wealthy, upper-class community of Southlake, Texas, where they are currently renting a 2,800-square-foot home. Kilpatrick resigned from office last year after the widely publicized “sex text” scandal revealed that he misled the Wayne County court about his extramarital affair with his then-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.
He pled guilty to perjury and was sent to jail, and now faces five years’ of probation.
DETROIT — Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick left jail early Tuesday morning with a new look, an apparent new appreciation for freedom and a new high-powered lawyer who said he doesn’t have any plans to sue anybody … yet.
Emerging from the Wayne County Jail situated across an alley from Detroit Police headquarters, a slimmer and shaggier Kilpatrick paused in the doorway of the Andrew C. Baird Detention Center around 12:30 a.m.
While his new attorney, Willie Gary, said Kilpatrick would have nothing to say, the 38-year-old ex-mayor looked around with a somewhat bewildered expression. Through the thick beard that replaced his formerly closely cropped whiskers, he flashed a smile. Then he plowed toward a waiting Chevrolet Suburban as a phalanx of large and nattily attired escorts tried to form a wall against reporters and photographers.
After being unceremoniously shut down by the City Council while awaiting trial for perjury charges the embattled Hip Hop Mayor invokes the Lord as the source of his problems. Addressing a crowd of worshippers on Saturday (4/20) at the Fellowship Chapel Church in Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick told the crowd: “I’m not being whupped by the devil; I am being punished by my God. I know that my disobedience put me in the situation I am in.” He made this unprecedented move at the Detroit Manpower Movement event which was “aimed at getting more black men involved in volunteer efforts.”
Editor’s Note: Now, even though that was a “righteous” gesture to make in the spirit of taking responsibility for one’s action, I can’t honestly say that it was the best legal move to make, I mean after all he is pleading “not-guilty” to the charges.
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In an embarrassing political manuever the Detroit City Council silenced the Hip Hop Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. He entered the Council chambers and attempted to propose a budget, only to be rebuffed by the Council President Ken Cockrel, who informed Kilpatrick that members voted to not hear from the Mayor. The session was quickly adjourned and a visibly embarrassed Kilpatrick responded, “this could have been done in my office.”
Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty have been brought up on perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice charges, stemming from lying under oath about carrying on an extramarital affair until details emerged in the form of text messaging. The Council previously voted 7-1 for the Mayor to resign, loudly voicing their displeasure with his leadership. This is just the latest dust-up in the deteriotating career of Kilpatrick, once dubbed the Hip Hop Mayor. CLICK HERE for more on this embarrassing story.
Detroit’s “Hip Hop” Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has landed himself in a pile of mess amidst allegations that he lied under oath about an alleged affair he was having with his Chief of Staff, Ms. Christine Beatty. On Jan. 30 he made a passionate plea to Detroit residents in a televised address from an empty church, accompanied by his wife who sat by his side. Without directly implicating himself, Kilpatrick admitted to the people that he was, “accountable” for the accusations being hurled his way. Apparently, text messages surfaced dating back to ’02 and ’03 that contradict the statements Kilpatrick made under oath. In one the Mayor wrote, “I’ve been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days. Relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love.” The Chief of Staff has recently resigned but Kilpatrick is determined to remain Mayor for the rest of his term. Prosecutors are weighing whether or not to bring charges against the embattled Mayor. A conviction for lying under oath carries a stiff fifteen joints in the penile. CLICK HERE for the rest of the scandal laden story.
Editor’s Note: Damn homey, I can’t help but notice the similarites to Slick Willie’s Oval Office romps…and just to think he was being groomed for bigger things.