COA turns down Kilpatrick appeal to keep book money

The Michigan Court of Appeals today denied former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s appeal to keep profits from the publishing of his memoir, which have been ordered into an escrow account to pay $860,000 in restitution to the city of Detroit.

The court denied the appeal “for lack of merit in the grounds represented.”

Kilpatrick’s lawyer, Daniel P. Hajji, argued in his brief that Michigan’s “Son of Sam” law, which prohibits people convicted of crimes from profiting from publicity they garner as a result of those crimes, is an unconstitutional content-based restriction on speech.

Hajji said in an email to Michigan Lawyers Weekly that his client intends to appeal to Michigan Supreme Court. In the brief, Hajji stated that this is a case of first impression.

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