There is an old saying – “get while the gettin’s good”.
This could be said for Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who began his political career with so much promise, has spent the last seven years in jail, serving a 28-year-sentence after being convicted of 24 felonies.
Now, he is reaching out to Donald Trump for a presidential pardon.
“Our country has always been the land of 2nd Chances!” he wrote on Facebook. “I am hoping, confidently expecting, that I will have the opportunity to boldly move into the next season of my life; outside of these prison walls…I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well.”
President Trump has mentioned potential pardons for Martha Stewart and the former Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich.
A Trump pardon of Kilpatrick would wipe out his convictions, clemency would shorten his prison sentence. Convictions against Kilpatrick include perjury, obstruction of justice, wire fraud, mail fraud and racketeering during his time as Mayor. If he served his full sentence, the earliest Kilpatrick, who is married with three children, could be released from prison is 2037 at age 67.
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