Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was released from a city jail where he spent the weekend for violating parole in the 2008 criminal conviction that booted him from office.
Kilpatrick left a Michigan Corrections Department facility in Detroit early Monday so he could take his seat at the federal courthouse for another week of testimony in his public corruption trial. He had been locked up there since Friday afternoon.
On his Facebook page the same morning of his release, Kilpatrick quoted former South Africa president and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, writing: “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest … But I can rest only for a moment for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”
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The Michigan Corrections Department says Kilpatrick violated parole by not disclosing all his financial transactions last fall. He still owes Detroit $855,000 in restitution and must report details about his income and expenses.
Kilpatrick was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2008 in a scandal involving text messages and an affair with a top aide. He’s been on trial on corruption charges since September.
Yesterday, the federal government unleashed a barrage of text messages and secret phone recordings as a sort of exclamation point on its claim that an organized crime ring ran the mayor’s office.