United States v. Kwame Kilpatrick
After a decade of scandals and a sprawling corruption investigation, Kwame Kilpatrick faces his most daunting challenge yet: a federal trial that could put him in prison for decades. The former mayor is no longer fighting for his political life or his marriage — now, he’s fighting for his freedom.
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The federal prosecutors began the trial by presenting small frauds conducted through the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a charity that Kwame Kilpatrick had established to do neighborhood improvement work. These checks, made out to a yoga center and signed by then-chief of staff Christine Beatty, were among the exhibits used to show that the mayor was using the charity funds for personal use. Courtesy of Mark Chutkow.
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Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. This season is made in partnership with Gimlet Media and Spotify. This episode was produced by Soraya Shockley, John White, Rob Szypko, and Samantha Lee. The senior producer is Drew Nelles. Editing by Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling. Fact-checking by Jennifer Blackman. This episode was mixed, sound-designed, and scored by Kenny Kusiak. Original music this season composed by Homer Steinweiss. We recorded some original music at Rustbelt Studios in Detroit in partnership with Detroit Sound Conservancy. Special thanks to Carleton Gholz and Maurice “Pirahnahead” Herd. Additional music by John Kusiak, Kenny Kusiak, and Jon Ivans. Additional mixing by Bobby Lord. Our theme song is “Politicians In My Eyes” by Death.
Our credit music this week is “This is My Home, This is Detroit” performed by the Blue Pigs, courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Some of the audio in this episode appears courtesy of Tim and Tobias Smith, and their film KMK: A Documentary of Kwame Kilpatrick. Additional archival material courtesy of WXYZ. Show art and design by James Cabrera and Elise Harven. Thanks to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bhatia, Jim Schaefer, Mary Schroeder, Melanie Maxwell, Max White, Randy Lundquist, Brendan Roney, Larry Mongo, Allie Delyanis and everyone who shared their stories with us. Detroit’s an amazing place, and we’re honored to tell a small part of its story.