Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who for months has pleaded to go home and visit his wife and sons in Texas, lost his fight for temporary freedom Wednesday when a federal judge denied him bond.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds concluded that Kilpatrick, who has been behind bars since his March 11 public corruption conviction, can't be trusted not to flee.
"The court finds that Defendant Kwame Kilpatrick has not satisfied the burden of demonstrating by clear and convincing evidence that he is not a flight risk. ... As the government established at the detention hearing, Defendant Kwame Kilpatrick has a history of lying to or misleading the courts, as well as his probation and parole officers, including lying about his assets," Edmunds wrote in her ruling.
And as for Kilpatrick's mother offering her home as collateral to ensure her son won't flee, Edmunds said the offer wouldn't suffice.
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"As the government correctly states ... (Kilpatrick) fails to identify the value of the property or his mother's equity in it. More important, however, the local rules for criminal cases in the Eastern District of Michigan ... explicitly disfavor the posting of real property as collateral for bond in criminal cases," Edmunds wrote.
Edmunds also cited Kilpatrick's parole violation that landed him in jail for a weekend in January. He had failed to disclose to state parole officials $6,000 in cash gifts.
Edmunds didn't buy into Kilpatrick's latest argument that he needs to get out of prison because he seriously injured his knee there and isn't getting proper medical attention.
"(T)here is no indication that his injured knee cannot be properly treated while he remains in detention. Prisons address these sorts of medical issues all the time," Edmunds wrote.
Kilpatrick's lawyer, James Thomas, repeatedly has argued that Kilpatrick has no funds to flee and that he would be recognized if he tried.
He declined to comment Wednesday.
Kilpatrick and his codefendant and contractor friend, Bobby Ferguson, have been detained in a federal prison in Milan since their convictions on 34 counts combined for running a criminal enterprise through the mayor's office to get rich.
Ferguson also is fighting to be released, but the government wants him detained pending sentencing, which has not been set. Each man faces up to 20 years in prison.
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