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DETROIT — Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner has denied the State Department’s request to allow Kwame Kilpatrick to participate in a special boot camp program.Download: Groner Denies Kilpatrick Boot Camp If the former mayor participated in the Special Alternative Incarceration Boot Camp Program (SAI), he could have been eligible to get out of prison after 90 days.Last week, the Michigan Department of Corrections notified Groner that Kilpatrick, who is serving a 14-month to five-year prison sentence for probation violation, was eligible for the voluntary 90-day special boot camp program.Watch: Kilpatrick To Be Eligible For Early Release
Watch: Prosecutor Says ‘No’ To Kilpatrick Boot Camp Kilpatrick is imprisoned at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, about 200 miles northwest of Detroit. The boot camp is held at a facility in Chelsea, about 47 miles west of Detroit.The boot camp is usually in a halfway house environment and involves a highly disciplined regimen that includes military-style exercise and work assignments.MDOC spokesman Russ Marlan said the boot camp is reserved for non-violent offenders and is typically for younger inmates because of the rigorous physical activities.Kilpatrick, a former college football player at Florida A&M, and who has in recent years complained of a bad knee, would have been one of the oldest prisoners there.Groner said that based on the camp’s description, it “is best suited for and was designed with the intent of positively intervening in the lives of youthful offenders.”Groner went on to say that Kilpatrick’s sentence was carefully crafted to suit the offense.Groner sentenced Kilpatrick May 25 to up to five years in prison for violating probation in two 2008 criminal cases stemming from lies Kilpatrick told under oath during a 2007 whistleblowers’ lawsuit trial.He served 99 days in county jail and was ordered to repay Detroit $1 million in restitution. He wound up behind bars again last month after Groner determined he failed to adequately report his assets and turn over certain financial records.Groner ruled he could be released after a minimum of 14 months.Marlan has said successful boot camp completion would bring automatic parole.Last week, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy sent Groner a letter recommending he remain in prison.”The efforts by the Michigan Department of Corrections to place Mr. Kilpatrick in the SAI program would circumvent the court’s order. If the court wanted to sentence him to 90 days, it could have,” said Worthy in the letter.Worthy Responds To Kilpatrick Boot CampGroner returned Worthy’s letter with one of his own, stating the court will not respond to letters involving legal matters that are pending. He also sent a copy of Worthy’s letter and his response to Kilpatrick’s new attorney, Arnold Reed.


DETROIT (AP) – The state Corrections Department says imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is eligible for a 90-day boot camp program that could automatically release him on parole after completion.

Spokesman Russ Marlan said Wednesday the department sent a letter stating Kilpatrick’s eligibility to Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner. The judge sentenced Kilpatrick May 25 and would decide whether he gets the camp.

A message seeking comment was left after business hours Wednesday with Kilpatrick lawyer Arnold Reed.

Kilpatrick was sentenced to up to five years in prison for violating probation stemming from his conviction for lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff. He’d been expected to serve at least 14 months

After 44 years in prison, the only man to have admitted his participation in the assassination of Malcolm X was released from a New York correctional facility on Tuesday. Thomas Hagan, now 69 years old, told the facility’s parole board that he is remorseful for his role in the killing of the iconic Civil Rights leader.

“I have deep regrets about my participation in that,” said Hagan, whose sentence was changed to weekends in jail in 1992 so that he could work to support his family. “I don’t think it should ever have happened.” Two others were charged with the murder of Malcolm X in 1966, but were freed in 1985 and 1987 respectively.

“I personally find it strange that for a couple decades any person convicted in the assassination of such an iconic figure would be allowed such leniency,” said Zead Ramadan, Board Chairman of the Malcolm X & Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. “It’s really a struggle for Muslims to contemplate this issue, because our faith and our religion is full of examples where we have to exert mercy…Only God knows why this was allowed to happen.”

In March, Hagan, who was 22 at the time of X’s death, told the parole board that his anger towards Malcolm X emerged after his infamous departure from the Nation of Islam. “It stemmed from a break off and confusion in the leadership,” Hagan explained. “Malcolm X broke with the Nation of Islam, separated from the Nation of Islam, and in doing so there was controversy as to some of the statements he was making about the leader [Elijah Muhammad].”

Hagan admitted that, after much time and new information, he now believes many of the things X was trying to warn Nation of Islam members about.  Since the assassination, he has also parted with the NOI, and has begun to follow orthodox Islam. Having earned a master’s degree in sociology while incarcerated, Hagan said his main focus is to “maintain my family and to try to make things a little better for them.”

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Michelle Obama is bringing her mentoring message to the Motor City.

The first lady is visiting Detroit on Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort to foster mentorship opportunities for young people.

Obama is to take part in a student forum at Wayne State University, and the White House says basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, film director Spike Lee and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are among the mentors expected to participate.

The event at Wayne State’s Adams Field is to be followed by a smaller luncheon with young people.

Kwame Kilpatrick’s attorney says he will appeal the former Detroit mayor’s prison sentence.

Michael Alan Schwartz has scheduled a Wednesday morning news conference to announce that he will request an emergency stay from the Michigan Court of Appeals. If granted, Kilpatrick could be free pending a decision.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner sentenced Kilpatrick to up to five years in prison Tuesday for violating his probation stemming from his conviction for lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff.

Schwartz tells WWJ-AM that the appeal will be partly based on Groner’s statement that he treated Kilpatrick differently than other defendants.

Kilpatrick is being held at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson, about 70 miles west of Detroit.