• Kilpatrick Update

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    Local 4 DETROIT — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says he can’t afford to make his restitution payments.

    Just last week, Kilpatrick said he was going to have to “scale back” on the way he was used to living to be able to make the payments.

    On Jan. 20, after a six-day hearing, Wayne County Judge David Groner ordered Kilpatrick to make a lump sum payment of $79,000 within 30 days and another payment of $240,000 within 90 days.

    “This motion is being brought as ‘emergency’ because the defendant has as of yet not been able to come up with the amount of restitution the court has recently imposed and is unlikely to do so within the time allowed by the court,” the motion filed by Kilpatrick’s Farmington Hills-based attorney Daniel Hajji stated.

    Kilpatrick attorney Michael Schwartz said “We’re asking the judge to reconsider what he has ordered.”

    Schwartz said Judge Groner’s ruling was “a clearly erroneous ruling which does not meet the requirements of the law.”

    Earlier this month, the Michigan Court of Appeals denied Kilpatrick’s appeal to stop a judge from ordering large payments.The motion goes on to say that the payments would cause hardship for Kilpatrick and his family by impeding his ability to “earn income and support his children.”

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