Former Detroit mayor guilty of corruption as city council fights state takeover

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been convicted of corruption, a jury finding him guilty of more than 20 charges the most serious of them including racketeering, bribery and extortion. Meanwhile, the Detroit City Council has said that it will fight the state’s plan to take over the city’s finances.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder had declared a state of fiscal emergency in Detroit, drawing on a 1990 law allowing him to take control of the city’s finances. The city has a short window in which they can appeal the governor’s plan.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Jay Scott Smith, a Detroit-based freelance writer, radio host and contributor to Daily Beast and Newsweek, to discuss the latest out of Detroit.


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Carmen is a multimedia journalist based in Washington, DC whose work has appeared in a variety of outlets including National Geographic, NBC News, the BBC, Asia! Magazine, The China Post, Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel.