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Reports: Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Expected to Resign

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick appears in Wayne County Circuit Court for a bond hearing on unrelated assault charges September 2, 2008. Getty Images hide caption

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UPDATE: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has accepted a plea deal requiring him to resign from office immediately, pay $1 million in restitution, surrender his law license and serve four months in jail.

News reports coming out of Detroit indicate that embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is expected to accept a plea deal this morning requiring the mayor to resign from office immediately and serve jail time.

Tell Me More has been following the situation in Detroit since earlier this year when Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, were charged with perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and misconduct related to a police whistleblower case that cost the city $8.4 million. Perjury charges stem from testimonies by Kilpatrick and Beatty during court proceedings in the whistleblower case in response to allegations that the two had had an extramarital affair. (Details of the alleged affair were later uncovered through text message records obtained and published by the Detroit Free Press.)

More to come as we know it ...

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