While Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, Kwame Kilpatrick Files for an Appeal

Have you seen the newspaper headlines?

Did you follow the Kilpatrick trial?

After an extremely hot week, it is time for the weekend and according to weather.com, this will be the last day in the 90s. This week’s heat isn’t the only thing making news. The City of Detroit has decided to file bankruptcy and Kwame Kilpatrick is filing for an appeal, again.

Kwame Kilpatrick Files for an Appeal

Former Detroit mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick is back at it and is fighting to get his conviction overturned. Kilpatrick, along with Bobby Ferguson, are both seeking new trials. Kwame Kilpatrick had been found guilty on 24 counts in March including extortion, bribery and racketeering. According to the Detroit Free Press, both are stating that “the government had insufficient evidence and that the court committed several errors during the six-month-long trial.”

Earlier this week, the Detroit Free Press also reported:

For the second time in a week, the government delivered a message to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that may fall on deaf ears: You were convicted fair and square.

Kilpatrick listed off a number of reasons why there was insufficient evidence to convict him. His reasons included:

  • Federal agents were allowed to give their opinions about certain text messages.
  • The Federal Government offering hearsay
  • Kilpatrick was not allowed to change his defense attorney when he wanted to.

Meanwhile Detroit is Filing for bankruptcy

Our great city of Detroit has officially filed for bankruptcy. According to another Detroit Free Press article, the city has listed over 100,000 creditors.

The city of Detroit filed thousands of pages of documents in its bankruptcy case late Thursday, as Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr builds a case that the city is insolvent and must execute a dramatic restructuring with the court’s support. Orr restated his case that the city cannot pay its bills and has nearly $20 billion in liabilities.”

It may seem like a tough day in Detroit, but it is important to remember that the people of Detroit are made from tough stuff. Mitch Albom said it well with:

Detroit is a place where we’ve had it pretty tough. But there is a generosity here and a well of kindness that goes deep.”

Your Turn

Do you think that Kilpatrick is justified? Do you think that the city of Detroit should have filed for bankruptcy? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.