ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Kwame Kilpatrick will be released promptly, parole board voted today. Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor tied to a Christine Beatty texts scandal in 2008, will be released this July, the Board voted Friday.
Kwame Kilpatrick’s first troubles started with Christine Betty’s text messages released in 2008. The Detroit Free Press published excerpts of the scandal text messages between then Chief of Staff Christine Beatty and the then Detroit mayor. Kilpatrick got charged for perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office stemming from his relationship with Christine Betty and for firing a police official. He then served time for violating his bond.
Kilpatrick later agreed to an obstruction of justice plea. Finally in May 2010 he was sentenced to five years for probation violations.
But his legal troubles are not over. In 2012, he will face federal corruption charges. In December last year Kwame Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson, Bernard Kilpatrick were indicted on various federal charges. Kilpatrick was among the defendants in a 38-count criminal RICO indictment which accuses him of using campaign funds for “witness tampering and obstruction of justice.”