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Old 11-06-2011, 05:26 AM
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From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20111...#ixzz1cw5uNEsg


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From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20111...#ixzz1cw5uNEsg


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Kilpatrick granted more flexibility in making restitution payments by Texas
Doug Guthrie / The Detroit News
November 5, 2011


"Kwame Kilpatrick has pulled $62.80 ahead of schedule on his 448-year plan to pay $160 per month toward more the $860,000 still owed on $1 million he promised the city of Detroit. - David Guralnick / The Detroit News

Detroit -- After a rocky start in which Kwame Kilpatrick fell behind on monthly restitution payments, the former mayor has negotiated more flexible terms with his Texas parole supervisor.

Now, the convicted felon, globe-trotting author and public speaker has pulled $62.80 ahead of schedule on his 448-year plan to pay $160 per month toward more the $860,000 still owed on $1 million he promised the city of Detroit.

"Obviously, they do not know his history in Texas," Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said about Kilpatrick's prior probation violations and 15-month prison term for hiding assets from the Wayne County Circuit Court.

In 2008, Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, resigned as mayor, and promised the city restitution in a plea-bargain agreement that avoided trial on multiple charges including lying under oath during the text-message scandal. He went to prison in May 2010 for failing to make payments based on a finding that Kilpatrick hid or squandered hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"We have told them to be diligent in collecting this money, ask for documentation of both income and expenditures, to be certain he is reporting properly," Marlan said about Michigan's instructions to Texas authorities.

"They are supervising this guy. We aren't, even though he is on parole to Michigan. His agent there has some flexibility in setting amounts and due dates, and if they feel he is violating parole, they would ask to violate (punish) him. They have not. They feel he is complying."

Kilpatrick, who was released from a Michigan prison in August, has claimed indigence and received a publicly funded team of private defense lawyers for an upcoming federal racketeering trial in Detroit. Upon reporting to Texas, he told authorities there he is making $60,000 a year. Kilpatrick, who was granted transfer of his parole to Texas, where he rejoined his wife and three sons in a Dallas suburb, then set up a $150 monthly payment schedule with his Texas parole officer, due on the sixth of every month starting in September.

Kilpatrick's claim that monthly household expenses leave him with only about $50 in weekly pocket cash is similar to a claim he made earlier to Wayne Circuit Judge David Groner, that he had just $6 per month left for restitution. It was Groner who later sent Kilpatrick to prison.

The day after his August release in Jackson, Kilpatrick signed an agreement in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice parole office in Fort Worth to make monthly payments. He made the first payment 26 days late, according to Wayne County Circuit Court records.

A second payment Oct. 11 was five days late when Kilpatrick made the new payment arrangement that requires a slightly larger $160 payment by the end of each month, said Marlan. An unidentified Kilpatrick representative made a $160 payment at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice on Oct. 20, and a mailed $62.80 payment was received Oct. 24, according to court records.

Unless he boosts payments to more than $70,000 per month, Kilpatrick is likely to see his parole extended indefinitely, along with its requirement for regular reporting and disclosure of his personal finances to Texas authorities.

"The monthly schedule recognizes the frequency, time and dates that I receive income," Kilpatrick wrote in a letter forwarded to The Detroit News by his sister, Ayanna Ferguson. Neither Kilpatrick nor his sister responded to a request to answer questions. The source of Kilpatrick's income is not disclosed in public records, but it might involve consulting or public speaking events in connection with his book, "Surrendered: The Rise and Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick." He has been granted permission for extensive travel, but the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is limited in what it can reveal about a parolee's finances, spokesman Jason Clark said.

Groner has ordered proceeds from Kilpatrick's book to be directed to an escrow account managed by the Wayne County Treasurer's office. No funds have been received from the publisher, and the judge on Friday ordered the Tennessee attorney listed as agent for Creative Publishing Consultants Inc. to appear in court Nov. 16 to explain why the company shouldn't be held in contempt.

A partial accounting obtained by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office shows $56,487.96 in sales of the book between June and September, with Kilpatrick's share after expenses reported as $19,258.54. Kilpatrick has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to strike down the constitutionality of the law Groner used to establish the account. The law is designed to prevent convicts from profiting from retelling their crimes until restitution is paid to victims and costs of incarceration are paid to the Michigan prison system. His time behind bars cost the state slightly more than $15,000.

The high court has not yet determined whether it will consider Kilpatrick's challenge, which has been supported by organizations of publishers, authors and librarians as a violation of free speech.

Documents Kilpatrick provided prison authorities included a letter from Kilpatrick's wife, Carlita, saying her husband is her family's sole provider. There also were bank statements and a copy of a check from one of the world's largest booking agencies for public speakers, said Marlan, the spokesman for Michigan's corrections department. The American Program Bureau Inc. paid Kilpatrick $3,750 for a speech he gave Aug. 27 at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark.

The bureau also books paid speaking jobs for celebrities and world figures. Kilpatrick has appeared at "a couple of engagements," booked by APB, said a woman at the company's Newton, Mass., office, who declined to give her name.

Kilpatrick has a nonexclusive agreement with the agency that allows him to also arrange appearances. He participated last month in a discussion of his book by an Internet video connection to the Detroit Public Library's main branch on Woodward. He also made a speaking appearance Oct. 19 at a Baltimore church.

Miriam Siefer, head of the court-appointed Federal Defender Office in Detroit, said appointment at taxpayer expense of Kilpatrick's private defense team for next year's trial on charges alleging massive corruption during his City Hall administration, could be undone if it becomes clear the former mayor is earning enough money to pay his own legal bills. Appointment of counsel was made before the announcement that Kilpatrick had written a book while behind bars.

"I suspect the judge (Nancy Edmunds), if she felt he had a means to pay for counsel, she would not let the order of appointed counsel stand," Siefer said, adding that Kilpatrick's restitution debt is so large it might still push him into the category of indigence despite his $60,000 reported income. "I believe (U.S. Attorney) Barbara McQuade would move to eliminate the arrangement for appointed counsel if she thought he had the money."

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That's as bad as the new student loan plan.
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Upon reporting to Texas, he told authorities there he is making $60,000 a year. Kilpatrick, who was granted transfer of his parole to Texas, where he rejoined his wife and three sons in a Dallas suburb, then set up a $150 monthly payment schedule with his Texas parole officer, due on the sixth of every month starting in September.

Try that with alimony or child support.
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I wonder how much it costs to administer this guys parole?
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He'll be back in Federal prison next year when the feds have their turn.
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