Judge Denies Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's Request To End Supervised Release

The former mayor, convicted on corruption charges, still tries to live a lavish lifestyle while owing restitution, the judge says.

A federal judge not only denied former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s request to end supervised release but also reprimanded him for what she said are his unreformed ways.

Kilpatrick, 52, was convicted in 2013 of a slew of federal corruption charges. He served seven years of a 28-year sentence before former President Trump commuted his sentence. However, commutation didn’t vacate the three years of supervised release. In December, Kilbatrick asked the court to end that oversight and clear the restitution he owes.

The Detroit Free Press reports that U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds denied his request Thursday (Feb. 2) for several reasons, including his allegedly lavish lifestyle while ignoring debts, refusal to take responsibility for his crimes, and showing no change in his behavior.

Kilpatrick requested an end to supervision so that he could travel freely as a pastor, assuring the court that he has learned from his mistakes.

Edmunds wrote, "(Kilpatrick) committed very serious crimes, and he still owes a significant amount of restitution.”

She noted that he still owes more than $192,000 to the IRS but spends lavishly on luxuries instead of paying off his debts. The judge said he’s only made just over $5,000 in restitution payments, yet he and his wife tried last year to raise funds to purchase an $800,000 house in Florida.

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He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes in what federal prosecutors called the “Kilpatrick enterprise,” according to the Associated Press. While Detroit struggled financially, Kilpatrick was illegally collecting huge sums of cash from city contractors.

In her ruling, Edmunds said there’s a discrepancy between Kilpatrick’s assertion that he accepts responsibility for his crimes and what he stated last year in his appearance on NBC’s Today show.

"I did the perjury. But all of this mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, absolutely not," Kilpatrick said on the segment that aired April 21, 2022, according to The Detroit News.

"Such statements undermine society’s faith in our criminal justice system and do not show an acceptance of responsibility." Edmunds wrote, according to the Free Press.

Kilpatrick’s lawyer, Brandon Byrd, has said that the former mayor has done "everything in his power to rehabilitate himself," and paid $1.5 million in restitution through the liquidation of his codefendant Bobby Ferguson's assets, according to the Free Press.

WDIV reports that Ferguson, who was convicted of extorting millions as a Detroit contractor, also asked Edmunds to release him from supervision, which she also denied. Prosecutors said Ferguson and Kilpatrick were partners in a criminal enterprise.

Ferguson was sentenced to 21 years in prison but was granted a compassionate release a few months after Kilpatrick was released.

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