public corruption http://michiganradio.org en Kwame Kilpatrick learns his fate today http://michiganradio.org/post/kwame-kilpatrick-learns-his-fate-today <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>After years of legal, political and tabloid drama, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick finally learns his fate Thursday.</p><p>Kilpatrick faces up to life in prison after being convicted of two dozen federal corruption charges, including racketeering, bribery and extortion in March.</p><p>Federal prosecutors call the scale of Kilpatrick&rsquo;s corruption &ldquo;astonishing&rdquo; and &ldquo;devastating,&rdquo; and argue he should get at least 28 years in prison for his crimes.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:45:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14794 at http://michiganradio.org Kwame Kilpatrick learns his fate today Schuette charges 7 Detroit building inspectors with bribery http://michiganradio.org/post/schuette-charges-7-detroit-building-inspectors-bribery <p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130829/NEWS01/308290104/Bill-Schuette-Detroit-building-inspectors-charged"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>7 Detroit building inspectors face charges of accepting bribes</a>, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Thursday.</p><p>Schuette said the inspectors, who altogether face 17 felony and misdemeanor counts, violated the public trust.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:17:49 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 14196 at http://michiganradio.org Schuette charges 7 Detroit building inspectors with bribery Why merging Detroit and Wayne County makes sense for both http://michiganradio.org/post/why-merging-detroit-and-wayne-county-makes-sense-both <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/merging-wayne-county-and-detroit-could-fix-both">Last week</a>, I said merging the governments of Detroit and Wayne County was a sensible solution to both their crises.</p><p>This idea was not wildly popular. One woman said I was out of my mind, and added Wayne County “just need(ed) to have their crooks behind bars.”</p><p>A more thoughtful man said I was “operating from the usual liberal impulse of having successful entities transfer resources to unsuccessful entities,” something he indicated didn’t work.</p><p>Well, that gentleman is right. It usually doesn’t work. That’s what has been happening with revenue sharing.</p><p>What I am proposing is creating an entirely new entity, writing a new charter and creating a combined county government. I am not suggesting Wayne County simply absorb Detroit.</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:38:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14045 at http://michiganradio.org Why merging Detroit and Wayne County makes sense for both Romulus Police Chief resigns; calls for mayor's resignation, too http://michiganradio.org/post/romulus-police-chief-resigns-calls-mayors-resignation-too <p>Romulus Police Chief Robert Dickerson has resigned his job.</p><p><a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/wayne_county/romulus-police-chief-robert-dickerson-announces-retirement-in-letter-to-mayor">He did so in a scathing letter </a>in which he also called on Romulus’s mayor, Alan Lambert, to resign.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:33:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11939 at http://michiganradio.org Romulus Police Chief resigns; calls for mayor's resignation, too An historic week in Detroit (not in a good way) http://michiganradio.org/post/historic-week-detroit-not-good-way <p>In a weird twist of fate, two remarkable events in Detroit’s recent history are happening at virtually the same time.</p><p>Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of multiple federal corruption charges Monday. And Governor Snyder is expected to appoint an emergency financial manager within days.</p><p>The timing is a coincidence, but there’s some connection between the two events—and a lot of symbolism.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 03:47:50 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11638 at http://michiganradio.org An historic week in Detroit (not in a good way) Federal prison isn't former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's only concern http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-prison-isnt-former-detroit-mayor-kwame-kilpatricks-only-concern-0 <p>Kwame Kilpatrick’s federal racketeering and extortion convictions may mean the former Detroit mayor will not be able to pay the city approximately $850,000 in restitution in another case.</p><p></p><p>Monday, Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted on more than 20 counts of racketeering. extortion and other charges.&nbsp;&nbsp; The former mayor faces up to 20 years in federal prison.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>In 2008, Kilpatrick agreed to pay a million dollars in restitution as part of a guilty plea to state obstruction of justice charges. He also served time in prison.</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:54:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 11637 at http://michiganradio.org Federal prison isn't former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's only concern Former Highland Park emergency financial manager headed for 2013 trial http://michiganradio.org/post/former-highland-park-emergency-financial-manager-headed-2013-trial <p>After years of legal wrangling, Highland Park’s former emergency financial manager will go on trial for alleged embezzlement next year.</p><p>A Michigan Supreme Court ruling this week <a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/criminal-charges-will-stand-against-former-highland-park-emergency-financial-manager-art-blackwell">reinstated charges against Arthur Blackwell III.</a></p><p>Blackwell was emergency financial manager from 2005-2008. He’s accused of writing himself $264,000 in checks from city funds.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:59:37 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10556 at http://michiganradio.org Government: Kilpatrick government rife with "extortion, bribery, fraud" http://michiganradio.org/post/government-kilpatrick-government-rife-extortion-bribery-fraud <p>Day one of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s federal public corruption trial wrapped up Friday.</p><p>The government says Kilpatrick and his three co-defendants were part of a conspiracy to commit “extortion, bribery, and fraud.”</p><p>US Attorney Mark Chutkow began opening arguments with excerpts of text messages between Kwame Kilpatrick and his co-defendant, longtime friend Bobby Ferguson.</p><p>Some of those messages read: “It’s my time to get paid” and “No deal without me.” Federal prosecutors say that sums up the so-called “Kilpatrick Enterprise.”</p> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 02:58:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9196 at http://michiganradio.org Opening arguments in Kwame Kilpatrick's federal corruption case Friday http://michiganradio.org/post/opening-arguments-kwame-kilpatricks-federal-corruption-case-friday <p>A jury will hear opening arguments Friday in former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s public corruption trial.</p><p>Kilpatrick is on trial with his father, Bernard; longtime friend and former city contractor Bobby Ferguson; and former Detroit water department chief Victor Mercado.</p><p>The federal government alleges the four men formed a kind of criminal gang—the so-called “Kilpatrick Enterprise.”</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 04:29:38 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9179 at http://michiganradio.org Jury seated for Kwame Kilpatrick's corruption trial http://michiganradio.org/post/jury-seated-kwame-kilpatricks-corruption-trial <p>A <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120919/NEWS01/120919033/kilpatrick-public-corruption-trial-jury?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">jury has been seated in the upcoming corruption trial</a> of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his three co-defendants.</p><p>The jury’s racial make-up was a major point of contention during jury selection.</p><p>Kilpatrick’s lawyers have argued that a lack of African Americans in the jury pool hurts the ex-Mayor’s chances of a fair trial.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:52:59 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9161 at http://michiganradio.org Jury seated for Kwame Kilpatrick's corruption trial Kwame Kilpatrick's federal corruption trial underway in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/kwame-kilpatricks-federal-corruption-trial-underway-detroit <p>Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s public corruption trial <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120906/METRO/209060440/Six-jurors-clear-first-round-questioning-Kilpatrick-corruption-trial?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE">officially started in federal court</a> Thursday.</p><p>Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick, longtime friend and former city contractor Bobby Ferguson, and former water department head Victor Mercado are on trial together.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 22:57:41 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8984 at http://michiganradio.org Kwame Kilpatrick's federal corruption trial underway in Detroit FBI launches anti-public corruption task force in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/fbi-launches-anti-public-corruption-task-force-detroit <p>The FBI is pulling together <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120301/METRO/203010423/FBI-unveils-public-corruption-task-force-Metro-Detroit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">a multi-agency task force </a>fight public corruption in the Detroit area.</p><p>The task force will include several federal agencies, federal prosecutors, the Michigan&nbsp;Attorney General,&nbsp;the Michigan State Police, and Detroit Police.&nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s no secret that public corruption is a major problem in our community,&quot; said Detroit US Attorney&nbsp;Barbara McQuade.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 22:35:10 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6456 at http://michiganradio.org 7 charged in Romulus police corruption scandal http://michiganradio.org/post/7-charged-romulus-police-corruption-scandal <p>The Detroit suburb of Romulus is at the center of <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110927/METRO01/109270407/Bond-set-for-Romulus-cops-charged-with-using-drug-funds-for-prostitutes--pot--alcohol">a massive police corruption scandal that includes the city&rsquo;s ex-police chief.</a></p><p>Officials say in 2008, a &ldquo;highly placed&rdquo; Romulus police official asked Michigan State Police to investigate corruption allegations within the department.</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 22:26:03 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4339 at http://michiganradio.org 7 charged in Romulus police corruption scandal