• Kwame Kilpatrick In Court Today

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    The hearing before Judge David Groner will be the next chapter in the months long restitution and probation hearings involving Kilpatrick. Prosecutors have charged that Kilpatrick violated his probation by hiding assets and failing to make one of two special restitution payments ordered by Groner at the end of the restitution hearing.

    Kilpatrick’s attorneys say he has followed the conditions of his probation as best he can and that no other defendant has been subjected to to kind of scrutiny their client has been under. They also say that the $79,000 special restitution payment was not paid in full because Kilpatrick does not have the money to make the payments. The second special restitution payment of $240,000 is due Tuesday.

    On April 15, attorneys for both sides submitted their final arguments to Groner in writing. Prosecutors argued that Kilpatrick should be sent to jail for violating his probation. They say he hid more than $650,000 that could have been used to pay some of the $1 million in restitution that Kilpatrick agreed to when he took a plea deal.

    In his written argument, Kilpatrick’s attorney, Michael Schwartz, argued that sending Kilpatrick to jail would serve no point. He has also said that it would hurt Kilpatrick’s ability to pay his restitution.

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