The feds aren’t messing around when they tag a public official with RICO charges. That’s the big gun they’ve pulled out on former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
From the looks of it, they have a whole lot against him: text messages (again!); swank trips to Vegas, the Hamptons and the Bahamas; extortion of city contractors; kickbacks. Pretty much all the tricks of big city corruption rolled into one case.
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