Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (R) appears in Wayne County Circuit Court for his sentencing October 28, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.
Kilpatrick, who will be set free Tuesday, may give public talks
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will step out of prison a free man early Tuesday.
But he'll have plenty on his plate, from strategizing with defense lawyers in his pending federal corruption and racketeering case to plugging his tell-all book.
"His job, at least for a while, will be promoting the book," said James Thomas, a lawyer representing Kilpatrick on the federal charges.
"He has to get out and support himself and his family. His job will be to be a motivational speaker or historical speaker.
"I don't have his itinerary, but there will be many public speaking engagements."
Kilpatrick won permission from both state and federal authorities to transfer his two-year parole to Texas in his conviction in the text message scandal.
He must report to authorities there within 24 hours of his release.
Kilpatrick also must make an "earnest effort to find employment," and his parole supervisor will set an amount and schedule for him to make payments toward the $861,000 he still owes on $1 million restitution he promised the city of Detroit.
Kilpatrick's plan to do that appears to be similar to the path back to prosperity paved by his controversial book publisher, William "Tank" Black.
Black, a former NFL agent, saw his empire implode when he pleaded guilty to federal money laundering charges and served eight years behind bars.
Before the federal charges, Black represented numerous first-round draft picks, including the Lions' Barry Sanders. On his release from prison in 2009, he wrote a book titled "Tanked."
Records in South Carolina show Black founded Creative Publishing Consultants, the same company apparently publishing Kilpatrick's book.
The business dissolved, but was reincorporated Dec. 1, 2010, in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Attempts to reach Black and another reported representative of the publisher by phone and email went unreturned.
Kilpatrick and Black both have worshipped at The Potters House, the Dallas megachurch headed by Bishop T.D. Jakes not far from Grand Prairie, Texas, where Carlita Kilpatrick and her three sons are living. Both also have been represented in court by Thomas.
"I am not surprised by a connection between Tank and Kwame," said Kilpatrick attorney Thomas.
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SOURCE: The Detroit News