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Lawyer: Detroit ex-mayor's $1M debt is paid

By AP

DETROIT – A lawyer for Kwame Kilpatrick says the former Detroit mayor's prison stint should erase his $1 million debt to the city.

Arnold Reed tells The Detroit News that he also will ask the Michigan Court of Appeals to explore what he calls "legal narcissism" and "an obsession" with Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick was sent to prison for at least 14 months for violating probation in a 2008 criminal case. Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner said Kilpatrick failed to report all assets and turn over money that could have trimmed his restitution.

The restitution is tied to Kilpatrick's guilty plea to obstruction of justice in a civil trial, when he lied to cover up an affair with his chief of staff.

Reed said Kilpatrick should be working, not sitting in jail, and Groner is "setting him up for more failure."

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