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Wayne Law professor, former federal prosecutor comments on Kilpatrick sentence

October 10, 2013

It's a harsh sentence. That's the opinion of Wayne State University law professor and former prosecutor Peter Henning, who says he does expect in an appeal in the case of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick - ordered to spend up to 28 years in a federal prison. "This is the kind of sentence that you see for homicides, major drug dealing," said Henning. "So, it says that this is as harmful - perhaps even more harmful - than those types of crimes." Will other government officials see this as a warning? "Certainly there's a lesson in there. Whether it will be learned by public officials is another issue," Henning said. "If someone wants to be corrupt, and thinks that they can get away with it, they're going to believe that they're smarter or better than the former mayor, or anyone else that is convicted."