Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Loses Another Bid For Freedom

WWJ News
November 15, 2019 - 1:12 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has once again lost yet another appeal in his bid to get out of prison.  

A fresh order from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejects Kilpatrick's claims that the court gave an incorrect jury instructions, that his attorney had a conflict of interest and a federal judge was biased.

The six-page document, which was submitted by the court on Friday, also states that merely sending a wedding card is not "intimate" enough to cause a reasonable person with knowledge of the fact to question Judge Nancy Edmonds' impartiality; the court concluding, according to the order, that Kilpatrick's claim "does not deserve encouragement to proceed further."

The imprisoned Kilpatrick had asserted that the judge in his case was biased due to a friendly relationship with one of the attorneys, according to court documents obtained by WWJ, regarding his right to conflict-free representation.

Kilpatrick cited a brief conversation that allegedly took place on August 7, 2012, during a pretrial conference in chambers, Kiparick said he overheard defense attorney Jim Thomas thank Judge Edmonds for a card on the occasion of his wedding. "My wife and I truly loved it,” Thomas said, according to Kilpatrick; to which Judge Edmunds is said to have responded: “You are welcome, Jim.” 

Earlier, a district court denied Kilpatrick's motion for reconsideration as untimely and "because it lacked merit."

First elected mayor in 2001, Kilpatrick​ resigned in 2008 after pleading guilty to perjury in a sex and text messaging case involving his Chief of Staff. In October of 2013, he was ordered to spend 28 years behind bars for convictions on 24 counts -- including racketeering extortion and bribery -- for fixing city business to enrich himself and his friends. 

The Sixth U.S Circuit Court of Appeals previously rejected other Kilpatrick appeals, as did the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016.

Kilpatrick's expected release date remains Aug. 1, 2037.