Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to up to 5 years in prison

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Ex-Detroit mayor gets prison term

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) was sentenced to up to five years in prison Tuesday for violating the terms of his probation.

Kilpatrick, 39, asked Judge David Groner to show him compassion during the hearing, but Groner said, "That ship has sailed." Groner said that Kilpatrick would have to serve at least 18 months in prison but that he would be credited for 120 days of time served on his original sentence. He is still obligated to pay back the balance of his $1 million debt to the city of Detroit.

The fine and probation stem from Kilpatrick's conviction in 2008 for obstruction of justice, after lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff. In a plea bargain, Kilpatrick resigned, served time in jail, and agreed to give up his law license, repay the city $1 million and stay out of politics for five years.

"I want to go home, your honor, where I belong," Kilpatrick told Groner. "I'm not here because of a gun charge or a drug charge. I'm here because of my confusion over some of the written orders that have been before me."

Groner listened to Kilpatrick's statement Tuesday but appeared unmoved.

-- Associated Press


Lawmakers seek ban on dangerous cribs

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) proposed late Monday to ban the sale and manufacture of drop-side cribs, and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) plans to introduce similar legislation in the House later this week.

Cribs with a side rail that moves up and down, so parents can lift children from them more easily, have caused the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers in the United States since 2000. They are suspected in an additional 14 infant fatalities during that time.

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