Kilpatrick probation ruling next month

March 24, 2010 at 6:32 PM
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DETROIT, March 24 (UPI) -- A Wayne County, Mich., circuit judge said he will rule April 20 on whether former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick violated terms of his probation.

Kilpatrick's defense team called no witnesses Wednesday after the prosecution finished presenting its evidence before Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Groner has three options -- leave the probation unchanged, tighten the terms, or revoke it and jail Kilpatrick, the newspaper said.

Kilpatrick is charged with failure to make a $79,011 restitution payment in February; not providing full financial accounting for himself and his wife, Carlita Kilpatrick; failure to turn over his tax refunds, pensions and political funds; and not disclosing the sources of his restitution payments, court documents said.

Kilpatrick, who pleaded guilty to obstruction-of-justice charges arising from a text-messaging scandal in 2008, agreed to pay $1 million in restitution to the city of Detroit.

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