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State deals another blow to Kilpatrick's book profits

Kwame Kilpatrick
Kwame Kilpatrick

A Wayne County judge has added the cost of prison time to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s mounting restitution tab.

The State Attorney General’s office convinced Judge David Groner that Kilpatrick should pay the state just over $15,000—the price for his 166 days in state prison.

Groner is the same judge who sentenced Kilpatrick to prison time, after ruling the former mayor violated his probation.

The charge will be added to an escrow account Groner established to collect profits from Kilpatrick’s new memoir, which came out this week. It’s unclear how much money they’ll collect from that.

The state won’t be reimbursed until the city of Detroit collects the more than $860,000 Kilpatrick owes in restitution payments.

Kilpatrick’s lawyer argues it’s unconstitutional to take the ex-mayor’s book profits. The court is expected to rule on that issue later this month.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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