Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been convicted of racketeering and extortion, marking an end to a more than decade-long public corruption investigation.
Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of 30 counts, including five counts of extortion, racketeering, bribery and several mail, wire and tax fraud charges. On three counts, he was found not guilty, and on three no verdict was reached, reports The Lansing State Journal.
It's been a hard fall for Kilpatrick. Elected mayor of Detroit in 2001, the youngest person, at 31, to hold that position in the city's history, he was seen by many as a future star of the Democratic Party. With a stud in his year Kilpatrick was often portrayed as a "playa maya". His urban sensibilities and political savvy made him seem destined to lift Detroit out of economic hardship and then rise himself through the ranks of national politics.
But his tenure as mayor was plagued by scandal, his career cut short, reports The New York Times. He was soon fighting rumors about partying, questions about the use of city money to lease a luxury vehicle for his wife, and claims that he fired police officers for investigating his sizeable staff of bodyguards.
In 2008, Mr. Kilpatrick resigned after text messages were unearthed by The Detroit Free Press that exposed an affair with his chief of staff. The romantic revelation led him to plead guilty to obstruction of justice charges for lying about the relationship under oath in an unrelated lawsuit against the city.
Via The Lansing State Journal, The New York Times and Politix reporting.