Criminal Justice

Wife of Ex-Mayor of Detroit Sues County DA, Says Her Money Was Spent on Hubby's $1M Restitution


As the disgraced former mayor of Detroit faces a possible jail term for having violated his probation in a political corruption case by not making required payments toward his $1 million restitution, his wife has filed a federal lawsuit in Texas contending that Wayne County and its district attorney took her money.

Carlita Kilpatrick says $240,000 in loans that the couple took out to fund a move to Texas, plus their entire 2008 tax refund of $23,369 and a portion of some $50,000 that she and the family’s children received as gifts to help them through a tough time was all wrongfully diverted to her husband’s court-ordered debt payments, according to Courthouse News Service and the Detroit Free Press.

Her suit, which was filed yesterday in Fort Worth, seeks damages for alleged violation of her due process rights and an injunction protecting her remaining income and resources. She and the children “believe and allege that they will not get justice and fairness from the court of the state of Michigan,” it alleges.

Ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick voluntarily gave up his license to practice law as part of a 2008 resolution of his situation.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Detroit Ex-Mayor: $2,700 Rent, $900 Car Note + $6K Restitution Too Costly”

ABAJournal.com: “Lawyer Explains Why Ex-Detroit Mayor Missed Payment: He Must Live Lavishly”

Detroit Free Press: “Jail, job loss loom for ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in wake of probation violation”

WJBK Fox 2: “Why Wasn’t Kilpatrick Sentenced Tuesday?”

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