DOUBLE-STANDARD OR PRECEDENT FOR EARLY RELEASE: Kwame Kilpatrick, Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti, Paul Manafort

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be released from federal prison.

Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years behind bars, convicted in 2013 on 24 felony counts of public corruption for a criminal racket involving extortion, bribery, conspiracy and fraud. Prosecutors said he used his positions as a state representative and then mayor to enrich himself and his friends.

He was not expected to be paroled until 2037.

According to a Friday news release from the Ebony Foundation, Kilpatrick has been granted early release after serving only seven years of his lengthy sentence.


MANAFORT PRECEDENT: Home Confinement Validated

The bureau has given contradictory and confusing guidance how it is deciding who is released to home confinement in an effort to combat the virus.

Other high-profile inmates such as Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and lawyer Michael Avenatti, who rose to fame representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against Trump, have been told they are getting out.

That we are only identifying high profile white collar inmates for home confinement is absurd.


MANAFORT RELEASE: Horrendous Double-Standard

Manafort, who was once Donald Trump’s presidential campaign chairman, is 71 years old and is serving a 7-year prison sentence.

He had been serving his time in a low-security prison in Pennsylvania after he was convicted of tax fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy. The charges were brought as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort had sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons asking to be released to home confinement.

He argued that his health and age made him susceptible to contracting the deadly virus, which can spread quickly in places such as prisons, where social distancing is difficult to achieve.

Paul Manafort was released from federal prison to home confinement early Wednesday morning due to concerns about coronavirus exposure.