Friday, August 29, 2008

To Jail or Not to Jail

The Detroit Free Press and others are reporting that a deal is close for Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and his on-going legal troubles. According to published reports, the one sticking issue is an insistence by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy that Mayor Kilpatrick due at least some jail time; reportedly anywhere from 30 - 90 days.

If this is true then I strongly recommend that he agree to such a deal, even if it means that he spend a certain amount of time in prison.

The deal is currently for 90 days. His lawyers can probably get a better deal. However, even if it stays at 90 days then it's still in Mayor Kilpatrick's best interest to do the time.

If this matter goes to trial, from the various former prosecutors that I have talked with, the end result of it will almost certainly be that he is sentenced to at least 6 months. He could be sentenced to several years. However, since he is a first-time offender, it's unlikely he will get more than a year

Anyway you cut it, that's a lot worse than 90 days in jail.

By agreeing to such a deal, he can simply get this matter over with a lot sooner. We're still several weeks away from a trial even starting in this case. His sentence could over or at least half-way over by the time his trial is currently slated to start. The sooner this is behind him, the sooner some semblance of normalcy returns to his life.

Plus, let's not forget that some amazing things have happened to people in jail. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., for example, wrote one of the greatest letters of all times while sitting in a jail cell in Selma, Alabama.
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