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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Headed to Jail

Kwame Kilpatrick
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.



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During a season when we are looking at the role of women in politics and identity politics is at its finest, I can't help but wonder what was Christine Beatty thinking. While I understand Carlita's plight and choice - as much as I understand Hillary's.

Regardless of what you think of Christine personally (and that's hard to ignore), she was known during my decade in Detroit as being smart, savvy, a rising & established star. I think she hitched her future to a really bad bet, and never thought about her own future before her love interest. Why she didn't make a deal before he settled his case - I will never know. But playing chess with the professional future and personal lives of so many Detroiters - even beyond the past police chief - that should have a stiffer penalty for them all.

Sent by Aimee A Laramore | 7:07 PM | 9-4-2008

Citizens of Detroit, I hope this has done something to restore your city's dignity. This entire Mayor Kwame -Beatty debacle has been unbelievale. Whatever it took for Kwame to come to his senses and face the music, I'm glad he did. Speaking of music, words ARE powerful, little did he know what he spoke into his life as he proclaimed himself the nation's "Hip Hop Generation" Mayor. He's livign a life just like the rest of some of them as they fill papers full of their "EXPLOITS" In jail today-out tomorrow. I will pray for the brother and his wife...a good woman. As the bible says, no one knows the way between a man and a woman. Others did have their lives impacted by selfish decisions of the flesh. Without God's super on our natural, things get out of control. Gives new meaning to the truth, what's done in the dark will come to light.

Now my prayer is that your (Detroit's) City Council get's it together. I couldn't belive it when Ms. Conyers called the president "Shrek" in the middle of your a council meeting. I said to myself, "No she didn't." But she did. Let's get serious and handle the business at hand!

Sent by pitbullwlpstick | 1:42 AM | 9-5-2008

The mdia is this region has a legacy of Detroit Bashing and demonizing Black issues and Black elected officals.

The entire saga was about a white collar crime of malfeasance . The media coverage of the MSM and tragically even the local NPR station WDET was a case of media driven tabloid coverage to the extreme. I was ashamed of the local NPR/WDET coverage folks deserved better.

At the end of the day the entire region was assaulted by the demon of the sleazy media coverage instead of the media covering the CEO"s and the governor both forces which have made Michigan a 3rd world venue it was easier for them to Detroit Bash and make the mayor the usual Black Boogieman..

Nothing good has resulted from this saga here in Detroit. I am truly ashamed and embrassed by the coverage provided by WDET our local NPR station.

Sent by Thrasher | 12:30 PM | 9-5-2008

Come on Thrasher? Seriously!

Sent by Jon J | 8:09 PM | 9-5-2008

It is absolutely the case that modern media tends to add an entertainment dimension to the news, and that is to be expected. In spite of that, I couldn't be more proud of the media here, who made sure that the public was kept informed of the crimes and deeds of this man. To infer, as "Thrasher" does, that this saga was racially motivated is in itself a racist statement. "Nothing good has resulted from this..."? Very much to the contrary- some justice was served upon a man who committed several felonies, attempted to ruin the lives of some courageous police officers, misused millions of the citizen's money. Take the amount that you are "ashamed and embarrassed" by the media, Thrasher, multiply it several times over, and you will get an idea of how much the rest of us are "ashamed and embarrassed" by both your misplaced emotion and moreso by the real source of this whole saga- a convicted felon named Kwame Kilpatrick.

Sent by Jerry | 9:40 PM | 9-7-2008