On this day in 2009, former Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick emerges from the Wayne County Jail a free man after serving a 99-day sentence for obstruction of justice for shoving a deputy who was trying to serve a subpoena in the text-message case.
Kilpatrick resigned as mayor in September 2008.
Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.