Kwame pleads poverty

Well, we know he can’t use the Kilpatrick Civic Fund to pay for his defense of charges that he used the Kilpatrick Civic Fund to pay for, eh, things like that.

But who needs the Kilpatrick Civic Fund when you have the American Taxpayer? [The Detroit News].

Clad in an inmate’s uniform and leg irons, a noticeably thinner Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded poverty Tuesday when charged in federal court with 19 counts of fraud and income tax violations.

"That is correct," the former mayor of Detroit answered when asked by U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald A. Scheer if he was unable to hire an attorney. Scheer accepted an affidavit from Kilpatrick, 40, explaining his current financial straits.

Hours later, James C. Thomas, the same high-powered attorney paid by Kilpatrick to lead a legal team in fighting criminal charges stemming from the text message scandal, was appointed to represent Kilpatrick again — this time at taxpayer expense.

Yes, he is entitled to a court-appointed attorney if he can’t afford to hire his own, but this is like the NBA forcing the Cleveland Cavaliers to pay for Lebron James’s moving expenses.

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