News: So-Called "Hip-Hop Mayor" Released From Jail
Tuesday, Feb 3, 2009 10:14AM
The embattled former Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick, who was dubbed "the Hip-Hop Mayor" by Russell Simmons, has been released from Michigan's Wayne County Jail after 100 days behind bars.
Kilpatrick was freed around midnight.
He left the jail around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday without comment to the media. Kilpatrick spent 100 days as part of a plea bargain. He is expected to leave the state almost immediately for a job interview. However a judge ruled that he can only be gone a few days. Kilpatrick will spend the next five years on probation and pay $1 million dollars in restitution. (WXYZ News)
Greeted by a large crowd of local residents, the former mayor allowed his spokesperson to do the talking.
Willie Gary, a new Kilpatrick lawyer from Florida, stood in the doorway of the Andrew C. Baird Detention Center and made a short statement. "He wants to talk to everybody. At the proper time he will do that," Gary said. "He wants to get home to his mom and his family." (Detroit Free Press)
Kilpatrick's time was cut short due to a guilty plea made last fall.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and no contest to a felony charge of assaulting a court officer. The scandal involved allegations Kilpatrick had an affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, fired cops whose investigation threatened to expose it, lied during a civil trial and engineered a settlement to cover up text messages that exposed those lies. (Detroit News)
Prior to being jailed, Kilpatrick made history as the city's mayor.
As the youngest mayor of Detroit, Kilpatrick was dubbed " America's hip-hop mayor" in 2003 by Russell Simmons while attending a Hip-Hop Summit in Detroit. (SOHH)