Kilpatrick dodges hearing – for now

  Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has gotten a repreive from the Michigan Court Of Appeals, which halted his Friday probation violation hearing, reported The Detroit Free Press:

The ruling also put on hold, at least temporarily, an arrest warrant signed [Thursday] by Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner for Kilpatrick after he failed to make a $79,011 court-ordered restitution payment stemming from his criminal case along with additional allegations that he failed to give a “complete and accurate accounting” of his wife’s finances.

 The warrant also alleges that Kilpatrick failed to surrender all his tax refunds and did not account for all his gifts and benefits, including the $240,000 lent to him by various business leaders, including Peter Karmanos, Roger Penske, Dan Gilbert and Jim Nicholson.

 Nonetheless, the appellate judges had words for Daniel Hajji, one of Kilpatrick’s attorneys, after Hajji argued this week in court filings that his client

 In the motion to stop the proceedings, Hajji wrote Tuesday that the former Detroit mayor has to maintain an upper-crust lifestyle in Texas because he is trying to sell computer systems to “the privileged and the affluent.”

 Appellate Judge Karen Fort Hood wrote that Hajji’s filing is “unconscionable and does not merit serious consideration.”

 The warrant was requested by the state Department of Corrections and Kilpatrick’s probation officer.

 Additionally, the warrant says Kilpatrick did not turn over his state and city pension, as required by his 2008 plea agreement.

  There was no time frame given for a resolution, but you can bet this case his the highest priority and will be adressed immediately, if not sooner.

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Kwame up the river – again?

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was ordered back to court Friday by Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner to address probation violation for non-payment of restitution.

According to The Detroit Free Press:

Groner also opened the door for prosecutors to address allegations of additional probation violations. Prosecutors have contended that Kilpatrick has repeatedly violated probation by lying about his finances and hidings his assets with his wife, Carlita.

“Your client is to be here Friday at 9 a.m. and at that point there will be a warrant that will be completed,” Groner told Kilpatrick’s lawyers. “We’ll arraign your client on that warrant, and we will proceed to a hearing sometime after that.”

The Michigan Department of Corrections sent a report to Groner on Monday showing that Kilpatrick had not met the judge’s Friday deadline to make a $79,011 payment toward his $1-million restitution. However, the former mayor came up with $14,048 on Friday and $21,125 on Monday.

Seems the 35 grand came from some “warm hearted people” according to Michael Alan Schwartz, one of Kilpatrick’s lawyers, who also noted that the mayor is pretty much destitute and if he doesn’t have the cash, how can he be in violation of the probation terms.

That old saw, however, is growing old with Groner who, just two weeks ago was regaled with tales of extradordinary amounts of money – several hundred thousand – going through the hands of the Kilpatrick  family.

But alas, Kilpatrick argues, that was then and this is now.

Anyone got spare change for a one-way plane ticket to Detroit lockup?