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article imageLawyer claims former Detroit mayor must live lavishly

By Matt Harding     Feb 24, 2010 in Politics
Detroit - While he served citizens who were primarily middle to lower class, his attorney seems to think he actually has to live lavishly.
Kilpatrick's attorney, Daniel Hajji, made the claim in an impassioned 14-page motion filed with the state Court of Appeals late Tuesday in an effort to postpone the ex-Detroit mayor's Friday probation-violation hearing in circuit court.
Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner will arraign Kilpatrick for failing to pay $79,011 toward the $1 million he owes in restitution by last Friday's deadline. Kilpatrick and his lawyers say he doesn't have the money, despite his extravagant lifestyle in a Dallas suburb; this includes a $120,000 a year job.
Hajji said in the appeal, "The clientele he must establish a rapport with are likely to be the privileged and the affluent. Burgers and beer at the local bar is not going to be sufficient."
Back in 2008, Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and no contest to assault and resigned from office. He served 99 days in jail and was ordered to pay $1 million in restitution to the City of Detroit.
Since then, Kilpatrick filed a document that claimed he could only manage to spare $6 a month for the city he loves. He still lives in his $1.1 million Texas mansion.
When he was Mayor of Detroit, Kilpatrick said, "I believe I am on an assignment from God. This city has a balanced budget. We're building buildings God has continue to smile on us. I don't believe this has ever been a job I love this city. I love this job. I love this town."
There is a great possibility of more jail time for the former mayor. This has been yet another spit into the face of Detroit. The courts will likely say he does not need a plush lifestyle.
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