Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Back In Detroit

How many charges is Kilpatrick facing?

What type of charges is the former Detroit mayor facing?

Today, we will be pausing from our series, How to File An Appeal in Michigan, to bring you Detroit’s breaking news. Kwame Kilpatrick has been back in Detroit this month to face over his trial with over 30 charges.

Kilpatrick charged with 33 counts

According to the Detroit Free Press, Kilpatrick is facing,

  • Tax Evasion, 1 count, by up to 5 years in prison.
  • Filing False Tax Returns, 5 counts, up to 3 years in prison, $100,000 fine.
  • Extortion, 9 counts, up to 20 years in prison, $250,000 fine.
  • Racketeering Conspiracy, 1 count, up to 20 years in prison.
  • Bribery, 4 counts, up to 10 years in prison, $250,000 fine.
  • Mail and Wire Fraud, 13 counts, up to 10 years in prison, $250,000 fine.

Most recently, the Detroit News, published an article stating that Kilpatrick’s public corruption trial has been postponed to September 20. That is almost a week later than expected.

“The delay was caused by the slow pace of jury selection, which has now taken five days. The pool includes 49 potential jurors, with Edmunds wanting to reach between 62 and 66 before peremptory challenges next Wednesday from prosecutors and defense attorneys.”

On September 21, 2012 the opening statements will begin. The prosecution believes that Kilpatrick took millions of tax payer dollars. Kilpatrick, if convicted, will face up to 30 years in prison.

If you are looking for the 4th part of our series, How to File An Appeal in Michigan, make sure to come back on Monday. On Monday, it will be time to look at when to apply for an application for leave of appeal if your order was entered on of after September 1, 2011.