The ongoing federal corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his alleged co-conspirators speaks to the price of power. While the rule of law dictates that Kilpatrick and his co-defendants are innocent until proven guilty, the trial doesn’t excuse the fact that we are seeing men who were once seen as invincible now being drawn into court to account for what happened under their regime. So many of the former mayor’s appointees have pled guilty while others are cooperating with federal investigators in the ongoing case which is the biggest corruption trial in Detroit’s history.
The Kilpatrick trial no matter how it turns out is a lesson for politicians and others who serve in the public domain about the need for restraint and to exercise diligence and trust in the execution of their duties as civil servants.
Once hailed as a rising star in the Democratic Party Kilpatrick now faces the specter of 30 years in prison.
What do you make of the Kilpatrick trial?
Do you believe that Kilpatrick and his co-defendants abused their power?