Kilpatrick's Use of Campaign Funds Approved by State

FILE -- In a May 25, 2010 file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick listens as Judge David Groner sentences him to one-and-a-half to five years in prison for violating the terms of his probation on an obstruction of justice conviction. Kilpatrick walked free from a state prison early Tuesday Aug. 2, 2011 after serving just over a year. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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A state hearing officer has ruled that Michigan law allowed ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to use campaign funds to fight an obstruction of justice charge in 2008.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Friday's written opinion says nearly all of the $976,000 Kilpatrick paid in legal fees was proper because the charges were related to his mayor's job.
The Free Press and The Detroit News also report that $10,000 in campaign money should not have been used to defend him from an assault charge not related to his role as mayor. Kilpatrick owes the $10,000 fine and a $1,000 penalty.
Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction tied to a text-messaging sex scandal and no contest to assault in a separate case. He resigned in 2008 and later served jail time.

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