Rashaun Rucker, Detroit Free Press
Ending a nearly eight-month drama that has transfixed the area, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice by committing perjury, agreeing to serve four months in jail, pay up to $1 million in restitution, and serve five years' probation. He also agreed not to run for political office during that five-year time span.
Kilpatrick told the court:
"I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope versus the city of Detroit ... I did so with the intent to mislead the court and jury, to impede and obstruct the disposition of justice."
According to reports, Kilpatrick also shook hands with Christine Beatty — his former chief of staff and ex-lover — while First Lady Carlita Kilpatrick was in the courtroom. This is the first time she's been in the same room with Beatty since the scandal started in January.
Kilpatrick is also facing two felony charges for allegedly assaulting deputies trying to serve a subpoena last month at the home of his sister.