Detroit Ex-Mayor Not Moving to Southlake Quite Yet

Judge delays decision on Kilpatrick's travel to N. Texas for job training

A judge has postponed a decision on whether former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick can travel to North Texas to train for a new job.

Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner met privately Tuesday with Kilpatrick's lawyers and prosecutors. When he took the bench, he said he needed more information from the probation department. The Detroit Free Press reported Groner adjourned the hearing indefinitely.

Kilpatrick has a job lined up with a Detroit-based software company, but the Wayne County prosecutor's office is wondering why he has to move to the Dallas area.

Kilpatrick has been hired for a sales job at Covisint, an arm of Compuware Corp. He needs court approval to relocate because he's on probation for five years and owes $1 million to the city of Detroit.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the judge is asking probation officials to look into Kilpatrick's finances, job status and ability to repay restitution to the city before ruling on the travel request. He said he will make a ruling when he gets the report from probation officials, the newspaper reported. He may issue an opinion without further hearings, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Kilpatrick's wife and three sons moved to Southlake in December.

Kilpatrick served 99 days in jail for obstruction of justice and assault.

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