Friday, December 30, 2011

Kwame Kilpatrick Sues SkyTel for $25M Over Text Messages


Your Black World reports

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has sued SkyTel, Inc for $25 million over text messages provided by the company during his corruption scandal.  The demand was made in federal court this month and includes $14 million in statutory damages, $7 million in punitive damages, $3 million in actual damages, and another $1 million for emotional distress. 

The numbers give Kwame about $1,000 for each text message that the company released to the public.

SkyTel is seeking to block jurors from hearing about negotiations that have taken place behind closed doors.  The case is set for trial on January 30.   If Kilpatrick can win the case, he will have a chance to pay the $860,000 in restitution he owes the city of Detroit.

Kilpatrick has been criticized for making minimal payments of just $160 per month toward his restitution, while he is renting a home worth $372,000 in Texas.   Back in 2008, Kilpatrick pleaded guilty of obstruction of justice in a scandal that crippled the city of Detroit, which was already struggling financially.

The text messages consisted of those sent to his former Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty, with whom Kilpatrick was having an affair.   Kilpatrick argues that Skytel violated federal law by releasing the text messages.

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