News (AP) - Judge releases former mayor from 'the hole'

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge says former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick can be released from isolation into the general population at the federal prison in Milan.

The two-page order from U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds was released Wednesday.

The ex-mayor's lawyer, James Thomas, tells the Detroit Free Press he thinks "this is much better for Mr. Kilpatrick rather than being in the hole."

Kilpatrick was transferred to Milan last Friday from the Oaks Correctional Facility near Manistee, where he had begun serving 18 months to five years for probation violations on June 8.

Thomas says Kilpatrick has access to a good legal library, and the facility is relatively close to his legal team.

Kilpatrick is under federal indictment on alleged fraud and tax violations.

Published: Fri, Jul 23, 2010