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Federal judge denies Kilpatrick motion to vacate sentence

DETROIT (AP) — Disgraced ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has failed again in his efforts to reduce the time he’s spending in federal prison for corruption.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds on Tuesday denied a motion to vacate the 28-year sentence she handed Kilpatrick in 2013 for extortion, bribery, conspiracy and other crimes during his years in office.

The 48-year-old Kilpatrick said in his motion that the court made errors during his trial that included incorrect jury instructions.

Edmunds wrote that the motion did not show Kilpatrick’s “actual innocence” and that the evidence “weighed heavily” in supporting the guilty verdicts.

A federal appeals court and the U.S. Supreme Court have said they will not review Kilpatrick’s case.

Kilpatrick resigned in 2008 following a text-messaging sex scandal involving his chief of staff.


Nessel joins multi-state coalition to protect consumers from payday lender abuse

Joining a coalition of 23 states and the District of Columbia, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Tuesday urged the Federal Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB) to take immediate action to protect consumers from abuses in payday lending. The joint letter sent by the states Tuesday cites CFPB’s own findings that show the many ways the short-term payday and title lending model is broken.

“My office has a responsibility to act when Michiganders are at risk of deceitful and abusive business practices,” Nessel said. “By delaying these protections, more consumers risk becoming victims of predatory and misleading tactics by payday lenders, and that’s more than enough reason for Michigan to step in and speak out.”

CFPB announced a new rule in 2017 that would help protect borrowers and ensure they would have the ability to repay loans while also prohibiting lenders from using abusive tactics when seeking repayment.

The rule went into effect in early 2018, but compliance was delayed until Aug. 19, 2019 to give lenders time to develop systems and policies. CFPB has now proposed to further delay compliance until Nov. 19, 2020 – more than three years after the regulation was finalized. The CFPB is also reviewing another rule that would altogether rescind this one.

Together, these actions would put at risk hard-fought borrower protections. The CFPB’s own findings showed 90 percent of all loan fees come from consumers who borrow seven or more times in 12 months. Additionally, 20 percent of payday loan sequences (loans that are rolled over or followed by another loan in close succession) end in default and 33 percent of single-payment auto title loan sequences end in default.

Nessel is joined in filing these comments by the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.


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