Kwame Kilpatrick: Ex-Detroit mayor convicted in TV-worthy corruption case

ex-detroit-mayor-convicted-kwame-kilpatrick.jpgFormer mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick has been convicted of 24 out of 30 federal charges against him, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery, mail and wire fraud, and multiple counts of extortion.

Kilpatrick's alleged co-conspirator, Bobby Ferguson was also found guilty on multiple counts. The ex-mayor's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was found guilty on one tax-related charge. The case brought by federal prosecutors was the result of a corruption probe of Detroit City Hall that lasted for years.

Prosecutors claim Mayor Kilpatrick, who resigned amidst the probe after holding office from 2002 to 2008, ran a criminal empire out of the mayor's office. To date, the investigation has resulted in convictions of two dozen people, according to CNN.

Kilpatrick faces up to 20 years in prison for the racketeering charges. In 2008 he plead guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice, involving attempts to cover up an extramarital affair. The former mayor also plead no contest to charges of assaulting a police officer, resulting from an incident that took place when the officer attempted to serve Kilpatrick's friend with a subpoena.

A hearing is set to determine whether Kilpatrick will remain free until sentencing. When Kilpatrick resigned his office, City Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. filled in as interim mayor, before retired NBA Hall-of-Famer Dave Bing was voted in.

If this had only happened in Baltimore, it would have totally been a whole new season of "The Wire," right?
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