Mr. Kilpatrick smiled broadly as he left the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Mich., where throngs of local journalists had waited since the early morning. The Detroit Free Press live blogged the release and posted a video.
A 6-foot-4 former college football player once known as Detroit’s “hip-hop mayor,” Mr. Kilpatrick was elected to run the city when he was 31 years old. He left office seven years later in 2008 under a dark cloud of corruption after text messages revealed the affair, with his chief of staff, and an $8.5 million settlement with police officers, whom he fired to prevent the affair from being revealed.
[Kilpatrick was in] jail since May 2010, when a judge found he had mislead authorities and did not turn over certain assets toward his $1 million restitution to Detroit.
During his scandal-plagued administration, Kilpatrick infamously campaigned for a same-sex marriage ban in Michigan, saying that he didn't "support equal rights for gays because marriage should be a sacred institution between 'a man and a woman.' "
The anti-gay mayor was later outed as a serial adulterer. Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff faced multiple felonies after tens of thousands of text messages surfaced, including many sexually explicit ones, that revealed they were having an affair and attempting to payoff witnesses with city funds. This was Kilpatrick's second publicized extramarital affair.
The former mayor's legal woes undoubtedly helped end the career of his mother, one of the biggest names in Detroit politics and one of the LGBT community's strongest supporters on Capitol Hill. Democratic Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lost her bid for an eighth term in August 2010.
Kiwame Kilpatrick's legal problems are only just beginning. Kilpatrick is facing a 38-count federal indictment "that accuses the former mayor and his circle of rigging contracts, collecting millions of dollars in bribes and defrauding taxpayers."