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Kwame Kilpatrick Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison After Being Convicted On 24 Counts Of Racketeering, Extortion, And More

Last week, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was finally convicted on 24 charges, including racketeering, extortion, bribery, mail fraud, and filing false tax returns. The 5 month trial also found Bobby Ferguson, a contractor and friend of Kilpatrick who was given several city contracts illegally, guilty on 9 charges. Kilpatricks father Bernard was also found guilty on one tax charge. Kwame is facing 20 years in prison and is being held without bail as they consider him a possible flight risk. He is currently awaiting sentencing, but no date has been set for the hearing.

Ferguson was given $84 million in contracts by Kwame Kilpatrick, which forced people to hire Ferguson as a subcontractor if they wanted to be awarded city deals.

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Count One: (All Three) Racketeering conspiracy: Joining together to conduct a criminal enterprise, which in this case the prosecution dubbed the “Kilpatrick Enterprise,” an alleged scheme of kickbacks to enrich themselves using the mayor’s office. It’s punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Kwame Kilpatrick: Guilty
Bobby Ferguson: Guilty
Bernard Kilpatrick: No verdict

Count Two: (K. Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Extortion in the sewer lining contract. Extortion carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kwame Kilpatrick: Guilty
Bobby Ferguson:  Guilty

Count Three: (K, Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Extortion in an amendment to the sewer lining contract. Extortion carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kwame Kilpatrick: Guilty
Bobby Ferguson:  Guilty

Count Four: (K. Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Extortion in the Baby Creek/Patton Park contract. Extortion carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kwame Kilpatrick: Guilty
Bobby Ferguson:  Guilty

Count Five: (K. Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Attempted Extortion Oakwood Pump Station contract.

Kwame Kilpatrick: Guilty
Bobby Ferguson: Guilty

Count Six: Dismissed

Count Seven: Extortion (K. Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Extortion in the Outfalls contract. Extortion carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kwame Kilpatrick: No verdict
Bobby Ferguson: Guilty

Count Eight: Extortion (K. Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Extortion in an asbestos abatement contract. Extortion carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kwame Kilpatrick: No verdit
Bobby Ferguson: Guilty

Count Nine: (K. Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Extortion in repair of eastside water mains. Extortion carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kwame Kilpatrick: Guilty
Bobby Ferguson: Guilty

Count 10: (K. Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Extortion in eastside sewer repairs. Extortion carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Kwame Kilpatrick: Not guilty
Bobby Ferguson: Not guilty

Counts 11-14: Dismissed

Count 15: Attempted Extortion (B. Kilpatrick) Sludge contract.

Bernard Kilpatrick: Not guilty

Count 16: Bribery (K. Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Soliciting funds for personal purposes.

Kwame Kilpatrick: No verdict

Count 17: Bribery (K. Kilpatrick, Ferguson) Soliciting funds for personal purposes.

Kwame Kilpatrick: Guilty
Bobby Ferguson: Guilty

Kwame Kilpatrick has also been found guilty on one wire fraud count, as well as one tax count and several mail fraud charges.

 

Kilpatrick left Detroit’s City Hall in 2008 after pleading guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice related to a text message sex scandal with a former employee. He served about a year in jail for those crimes and agreed to pay the city of Detroit $1 million in restitution. In August 2011, only a week after he was paroled, Creative Publishing Consultants Inc out of Tennessee released a book that was co-written by Kilpatrick, titled Surrendered: The Rise, Fall & Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick. However, the Wayne County prosecutor pushed the state courts to see to it that any proceeds that Kwame would have received from the book go to repaying the $1 million he owes to the city of Detroit.

In January the ex-mayor also spent a weekend in jail for violating his parole by not reporting cash gifts he received in 2012.

 

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Detroit Labeled Most Dangerous City For 2012

This will come as no surprise to many, but once again Detroit has been named the most dangerous city in the united states by Forbes. There were 2,137 violent crimes committed for every 100,000 residents, compared to second place St. Louis at 1,857 per 100k. Forbes claims that Detroit’s numbers are so high due to gang related violence. See the complete top to list of America’s most dangerous cities below:

 

 

Detroit, MI
St. Louis, MO
Oakland, CA
Memphis, TN
Birmingham, AL
Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Stockton, CA
Cleveland, OH
Buffalo, NY

I am surprised that Flint is not on this list this year as it has been ranking very high in years past.

Read the complete article on Forbes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/18/most-dangerous-cities_n_1981764.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003&fb_source=message#slide=1658592

 

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Aerial Video of Detroit From RC Helicopter

Here’s a cool video of Detroit shot from a RC helicopter. This gives you a completely different perspective of the city. Overhead views, inside buildings, “falling” from the roof of buildings, etc. I like the shots of the Michigan Central Train Station and the Packard Plant.

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Zombies In Detroit

Zombieland Theme Park Proposed In Detroit

I recently stumbled across a video on youtube which proposed a plan which would take 200 acres of land in Detroit and turn it into some sort of zombie themed amusement park. For years now, people have commented on my Detroit Ghetto videos referring to zombies and how perfect Detroit would be for something like this. Detroit would truly be the perfect setting for such a park, if it were ever built. I think it’s an interesting yet very ambitious idea, but you be the judge.

The plan is to put up a large perimeter wall to fence in the park area. Inside, the abandoned homes and factories will stay in place and become part of the park’s “game play”. The buildings would need some improvements to make them structurally sound and safe for park visitors, and the video’s creator does acknowledge this. There would be a hoard of zombies running after you, and your goal is to survive the night by hunkering down in a building somewhere. Yes, this would be an overnight experience. You can be turned into a zombie by making contact with another zombie, at which point you join the mob and hunt down non-zombies.

While they have stated that there are no weapons of any kind, there would be a patch system in place. Basically, everyone wears a patch that can be torn off your clothing. If you lose yours, you become a zombie. Tear one off a zombie, and you’ve “killed” him. Personally, I think some type of laser tag system would be much better. But, as stated at the end of the video, there needs to be some refinement of the game play. I’m sure this will be highly requested if the project goes any farther.

I’m not going to get into the details, everything is pretty much explained on the creator’s website. To learn more about “Z World Detroit”, or to donate money to their fund raising project, visit indiegogo.com/zworlddetroit.

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