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The Saga Continues With Kwame Kilpatrick

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hide captionFormer Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits as Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner rules that Kilpatrick violated terms of his probation.

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Kwame Kilpatrick

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits as Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner rules that Kilpatrick violated terms of his probation.

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Stop the press! No way! Say it ain't so!

Detroit Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick could be headed to jail — again.

Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner ruled Tuesday that Kilpatrick violated the terms of his probation related to the $1 million restitution he owes the City of Detroit. And he could possibly be sent to the slammer.

The fine stems from his 2008 guilty plea to obstruction of justice charges after sexually-explicit text messages revealed he lied under oath about an extramarital affair with a co-worker his then-chief of staff in a police whistleblower case. Under the terms of the 2008 proceedings, then-Mayor Kilpatrick agreed to pay $1 million, resign from office, relinquish his law license and take at least a five-year break from politics.

He also served 99 days in the downtown Detroit jail.

After being released in early 2009, Kilpatrick left Detroit and found a new life (and a six-figure job working for Compuware) in Dallas. But not long after settling in, the once rising political star came under scrutiny once more after claiming that he could only afford to pay $6 monthly in restitution (despite lavish expenditures, as outlined by the Detroit Free Press).

But Kilpatrick was not found guilty by Judge Groner of violating his probation because of an inability to pay. Rather, the court cites a failure by Kilpatrick to surrender $23,269 in tax refunds and 30 percent of cash gifts that could be applied to his restitution payments. Additionally, Groner says the ex-mayor took $36,142 from his civic fund. This, along with the tax and gift discrepancies, is all found to be in "violation of the courts previous orders."

"You would be well-advised to have your affairs in order prior to sentencing," Groner said to Kilpatrick Tuesday, hinting that his May 25 sentencing date could leave him incarcerated.

And Carlita Kilpatrick also made news Tuesday. Detroit's former first lady filed a lawsuit in Fort Worth Texas against Wayne County and lead Prosecutor Kym Worthy with hopes of separating the assets of her husband Kwame from hers and their three boys. She hopes to protect their possessions from being forced to pay Kwame Kilpatrick's restitution.

Needless to say, we continue to have our eye on all things politics in Detroit. More to come as we know it.

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