The rocky rise to power for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The man once named “The Hip-Hop Mayor” saw himself go from one of the brightest young stars in the Democratic Party to convicted felon. While many debate whether or not Kilpatrick deserves the rep that he was given over the last few years of his time as Mayor of Detroit, his family is hoping that President Barack Obama gives Kwame a get out of jail free card.
Per WXYZ in Detroit:
Family and friends of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are hoping President Barack Obama will pardon the ex-mayor and commute his 28-year prison sentence.
Almost eight years ago, Kilpatrick and Obama’s stars were rising together. At a 2007 speech at the Detroit Economic Club, they stood side by side.
“I want to first of all acknowledge your great mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick,” said then-Senator Obama. “We know that he is going to be doing astounding things for many years to come.”
But today, they could not be in more different places. While Obama moved into the White House, Kilpatrick took up space in the big house. That’s where he sits today, unless his family gets their wish.
7 Action News has learned that Kilpatrick’s friends and family are planning to ask President Obama for a pardon. The ex-mayor’s brother-in-law Daniel Ferguson confirms that he and others are hoping that the President will commute the rest of Kilpatrick’s 28-year sentence.
They’re also asking for a pardon for Kilpatrick’s co-defendant Bobby Ferguson too. Both men were found guilty of racketeering, extortion and bribery in 2013.
In a message, Daniel Ferguson wouldn’t say whether he thought the pardons will ever come, but he certainly thinks they’re deserved. “In my opinion,” he wrote, “they did nothing at all to be put in jail.”
If Kilpatrick is released can we all say, “Free Meech.” Bring them Detroit boys home!