Monday, March 24, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Charged With Perjury

From The Associated Press:

Detroit mayor charged with perjury
By COREY WILLIAMS
Associated Press Writer




DETROIT (AP) -- Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one-time rising star and Detroit's youngest elected leader, was charged Monday with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy also charged the popular yet polarizing 37-year-old mayor with obstruction of justice and misconduct in office. Kilpatrick, who was to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon, could face up to 15 years in prison and be expelled from office if convicted.

"Some have suggested that the issues in this case are personal or private," Worthy said. "Our investigation has clearly shown that public dollars were used, people's lives were ruined, the justice system severely mocked and the public trust trampled on. ... This case is about as far from being a private matter as one can get."

Speaking two hours later, Kilpatrick said he expects to be cleared. He did not deny wrongdoing and did not address the calls for his resignation.

"I look forward to complete exoneration once all the facts have been brought forth," Kilpatrick said. "I will remain focused on moving this city forward."

Former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, 37, who also denied under oath that she and Kilpatrick had a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003, was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. A message seeking comment from Beatty's attorney, Jeffrey Morganroth, was not returned.

The charges could signal the end of Kilpatrick's six-year career as mayor of one of America's largest cities. Calls for his resignation have surfaced since late January and the Detroit City Council asked him to step down last week.

Worthy began her investigation the day after the Free Press published excerpts of the embarrassing text messages in late January. The messages called into question testimony Kilpatrick and Beatty gave in a lawsuit filed by two police officers who alleged they were fired for investigating claims that the mayor used his security unit to cover up extramarital affairs.


Rest of story is at the link above.

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I have refrained from posting about Mayor Kilpatrick, well, because, I find him to be trifling.

But, he's a Mayor of a major American city, and this is news.

Contrary to what Mayor Kilpatrick and his defenders say..

This has absolutely NOTHING to do with ' The Man'.

' The Man' didn't force him to cheat on his wife.

' The Man' didn't make him use government-issued property to carry on said affair.

' The Man' didn't force him to commit perjury.


He did this all on his own.

But, make sure of this..

' The Man' will surely hang him with the rope that Mayor Kilpatrick has provided.

3 comments:

The Angry Independent said...

Now perhaps he will step down.

I am tired of hearing about the Hip Hop thug Mayor.

Isn't there a mechanism within the Detroit City Council for impeachment???? They should have shown him the door a long time ago.

Saint Lucian Dutch Canadian said...

That mayor is a disgrace. He should just step down and disappear. He is quite a contrast to Obama - like the complete opposite. And, his wife should divorce his worthless ass. His mother is ghetto as hell - damn - look at this vidoe - http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=ME2tkIh7VE0 - how do people like this get elected? What in the world?

Andre said...

As a black Michigander, I'm embarassed by Kilpatrick. I had pretty high hopes for him; given his status as a young, educated, professional. But with each scandal he's been involved in and each instance where he's betrayed the interest of the city, we're the ones left with egg in our face.