DETROIT (AP) -- A state hearing officer has ruled that Michigan law allowed ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to use campaign funds to fight an obstruction of justice charge in 2008.
Fox 2 spoke with Kilpatrick attorney Jim Thomas on today's decision and tapped into the legal expertise of Charlie Langton for some added perspective.
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The Detroit Free Press reports that Friday's written opinion says nearly all of the $976,000 Kilpatrick paid in legal fees was proper because the charges were related to his mayor's job.
The Free Press and The Detroit News also report that $10,000 in campaign money should not have been used to defend him from an assault charge not related to his role as mayor. Kilpatrick owes the $10,000 fine and a $1,000 penalty.
Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction tied to a text-messaging sex scandal and no contest to assault in a separate case. He resigned in 2008 and later served jail time.