Kwame Kilpatrick is not the first politician to be accused and convicted of a crime. Actually, he is in some pretty distinguished company. Sad but true. The list is long and the crimes vary from corruption, drugs, sexual misconduct, etc. as well as the prison sentences. Here are just a few of the many who have been caught and convicted.
1. Former Congressman William Jefferson
The corruption case against William J. Jefferson started on a suspicion of bribery. In 2007, a federal grand jury indicted Jefferson on sixteen charges related to corruption. In 2009 he was tried in Virginia on corruption charges. On August 5, 2009, he was found guilty of 11 of the 16 corruption counts and was sentenced to 13 years in November. It is the longest sentence ever handed down to a congressman for bribery. (Photo: NewsOne)
2. Former Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers
Former Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers was notorious for her degrading, insulting and derogatory attitude toward anyone who did not agree with her point of view. In 2009, she pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bribery and served just over 27 months at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia. (Photo: AP)
3. Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin
Former New Orleans mayor C. Ray Nagin was convicted February 12, 2013 on charges of accepting bribes from city contractors while in office. He is now heading to Federal prison for ten years.
4. Former Trump Campaign Aide Rick Gates
Like Paul Manafort, Rick Gates was also charged and indicted with conspiracy against the United States in the Russian Probe investigation by Robert Mueller. Told to surrender himself to the FBI on October 30, 2017, Gates has also been placed under house arrest. (Photo by AP)
5. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner stepped down from his position in June of 2011 when his sexting scandal became public. On May 19, 2017, Weiner pleaded guilty to sexting a 15-year-old girl and will serve 21 months in prison. He reported to prison on November 6, 2017. (Photo by AP)
6. Former Trump Campaign Aide Paul Manafort
Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort surrendered to the FBI on October 30, 2017, after months of being investigated by various organizations over his relations with Russia and the presidential election. Robert Mueller led the investigation on Manafort who has been placed under house arrest. (Photo by AP)