That’s what federal prosecutors argued on Thursday in asking a judge to sentence Kilpatrick to at least 28 years in prison for his multitude of crimes — a request that raised eyebrows within the legal community as some experts said Kilpatrick could get the stiffest punishment for public corruption in U.S. history.
The government says he deserves it, noting Kilpatrick’s sentencing guidelines call for up to life in prison.
“Kilpatrick is more culpable — and his conduct more pervasive — than any other public corruption defendant sentenced in recent memory. His guideline range reflects that. So should his sentence,” federal prosecutors wrote in their 57-page sentencing memo.
In pushing for a tough sentence, prosecutors argued that Kilpatrick abused the public’s trust for years, put his own needs before those of the impoverished city he was supposed to serve, and ran a racket out of his office so that he, his family and his longtime contractor friend, Bobby Ferguson, could get rich.
“And worst of all, he did it a city where poverty, crime and a lack of basic services made it one of the most vulnerable metropolitan areas in the nation,” prosecutors wrote. “The scale of his corruption was astonishing. The impact on the region was devastating.”
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