Free at last. Disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, once known as the city's "hip-hop" mayor," was released from state prison on parole this morning after serving 14 months. He exited the prison, smiled briefly to reporters and entered a Cadillac Escalade. "The former mayor pleaded guilty in September 2008 to two felony counts of obstruction of justice stemming from his efforts to cover up an extramarital affair," reports CNN. "He also pleaded no contest to charges of assaulting a police officer who was attempting to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend in that case." The ordeal involved the release of a flurry of steamy text messages related to the affair. He's expected to fly to Dallas to reunite with his family and check in with a Texas parole officer, where he'll serve two years of parole.
Kilpatrick hasn't been sitting on his hands while locked up, notes The New York Times. "During his time in prison, Mr. Kilpatrick posted regular updates to his Facebook page and Twitter account, @KwameAndFamily, both of which are geared towards promoting his soon-to-be-released memoir. (His Twitter page features a picture of the book, 'Surrendered,' and describes Mr. Kilpatrick as 'one of the nation’s foremost leaders on issues of politics & policy and healthcare information technology.')" On his account last night, Kilpatrick released the following message:
Here's the video taken during his release this morning, courtesy The Detroit Free Press: