Former friend & ex-aide to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Derrick Miller, recently plead guilty in the federal public-corruption case being leveled against the already convicted ex-mayor.
According to Miller, Kilpatrick had Miller and others part of the ex-mayor’s inner circle shake down contractors in the form of bribes in exchange for city contracts. Miller admitted to not only delivering cash bribes to Kilpatrick, but also taking bribes himself.
Miller’s plea bolsters the government’s claims that Kilpatrick and his co-conspirators used the mayor’s office to enrich themselves.
Miller faces up to 10 years in prison, but is likely to get a lower sentence because of his cooperation.
The Detroit Free Press spoke with San Francisco law professor and corruption expert Wes Porter, who said that the guilty plea from Porter will likely lead to Kilpatrick striking a deal with federal prosecutors.
"The fact that Miller pleads out is significant. Yet more significant is — as close friend and adviser — the sheer level of damaging information that Miller has on Kilpatrick," said Porter. "Miller’s plea represents one of those seminal moments that brings, or should bring, Kilpatrick closer to that decision."
None of the other co-defendants have shown interest in striking a deal, making Miller the first to jump ship.