A jury found former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick guilty of numerous crimes:
Jurors convicted Kilpatrick of a raft of crimes, including a racketeering conspiracy charge. He was portrayed during a five-month trial as an unscrupulous politician who took bribes, rigged contracts and lived far beyond his means while in office until fall 2008.
Prosecutors said Kilpatrick ran a “private profit machine” out of Detroit’s City Hall. The government presented evidence to show he got a share of the spoils after ensuring that Bobby Ferguson’s excavating company was awarded millions in work from the water department.
Notwithstanding the jury’s verdict, many Twitter users still think Kilpatrick is an innocent man:
KWAME IS COMPLETELY INNOCENT. THESE CHARGES ARE WEAK AND THE JUSTICE SYSTEM FAILED DETROIT.
— Collin (@moreh1phop) March 11, 2013
Don't like the fact that Kwame is being tortured for trying to make his city an all black self contained unit!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Nola Darling (@guttaville_sis) March 11, 2013
Kwame innocent, man. Convicted before he got put on trial.
— Andy (@RenewedCatholic) March 11, 2013
Sad day in #Detroit public lynching of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick…. Government lied again and jurors went for it…!
— ELOHIM EL SHADDAI™ (@elohim_013) March 11, 2013
That's messed up kwame is innocent this just proves to you how tucker up the government is
— Gina (@_rharrell) March 11, 2013
They said kwame was found guilty. my mans innocent free him
— Rest Up Ke ✊ (@Chazraee_) March 11, 2013
I pray to God Kwame Kilpatrick does not go to jail! They want to destroy his future!
— bjmurphyshow (@bjmurphyshow) March 11, 2013
Racism still exist! Another Black man hung by people who don't live in the city. fox 2 stop showing people who are Anti-Kwame!!!!
— ROD (@Javonrod2Rod) March 11, 2013
Some acknowledge Kilpatrick is guilty, but insist he conducted himself no differently than most other politicians:
It is wrong how they doing Kwame though..alll these ppl been stealing for years and ain't did ome day in jail. They just wamted Kwame
— RIP B! (@Ki_Perspective) March 11, 2013
If you want to see something really depressing, search Twitter for “free Kwame.”
— #SuiteLiving (@GoHard_Tae) March 11, 2013
Damn! FREE KWAME!
— Peeps Sr. (@THTBEPEEPS) March 11, 2013
— Stef (@stefj90) March 11, 2013
— !!Trill4~1City!! (@SirRoKellz87) March 11, 2013
— BANDSTHEE FOREVER (@quinnccc) March 11, 2013
@OffRip FREE KWAME!!!
— Charms ♥ ♥ ♥~ (@NurseCharms) March 11, 2013
— Alicia AJ James (@BadInfluenceAJ) March 11, 2013