Former Michigan state representative and Detroit mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, is upset about the lack of ice and proper exercise equipment in prison. Kilpatrick, who resigned in 2008, was convicted March 11 on 24 felony counts including mail fraud, racketeering and wire fraud.
Kilpatrick’s attorney, Harold Gurewitz, argued to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday to release him on bond. He said Kilpatrick needs ice and physical therapy to nurse his bad knee. Kilpatrick allegedly slipped on his way to prison and had to wait for a donated tendon in order to have surgery, which took place earlier this month.
Kilpatrick has been denied bond more than once before. At the moment he faces 20 to 30 years in prison for running a criminal enterprise through the mayor’s office.
Gurewitz told the court that Kilpatrick is not a flight risk because of the knee injury and the fact that he is now “financially destitute.”
He is currently undergoing 90 minutes of physical therapy two times a week at a private location outside of the federal prison in Milan.
“Milan does not have either physical therapy facilities, or medical facilities, or equipment necessary for Mr. Kilpatrick’s continuing medical care," Gurewitz said. "Mr. Kilpatrick’s need to obtain and to continue proper treatment for his knee surgery are reasons that he is not a flight risk.”
Federal prosecutors claim the prison is already equipped to handle Kilpatrick’s knee rehabilitation.
Gurewitz said Kilpatrick cannot do activities prescribed by his doctors because the prison will not give him exercise equipment.
“Ice necessary for recovery after therapy has not been provided at FDC-Milan when Mr. Kilpatrick returns from his therapy,” Gurewitz wrote to the court, adding that Kilpatrick’s knee will not be able to heal under prison conditions.
Kilpatrick is in the custody of the U.S. Marshal service. The U.S. Attorneys office argues he can’t be trusted not to flee.
It appears Kilpatrick was gearing up to use the knee injury in his request for bond. Back in May he set the ball rolling.
“I thank you for ordering basically the facility to take me to the doctor and get an MRI," Kilpatrick told his judge. "I have two torn quadriceps, a torn tendon. They’re going to drill inside of my knee cap. I’m terrified, by the way. I’m terrified of rehabilitating in that detention center.”