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Detroit's Embattled Mayor Refuses to Step Down

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Detroit's Embattled Mayor Refuses to Step Down

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Detroit's Embattled Mayor Refuses to Step Down

Detroit's Embattled Mayor Refuses to Step Down

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is resisting calls for his resignation amid allegations that he lied under oath and conspired in a case involving an inappropriate personal relationship. Kilpatrick gave a racially charged speech this week, accusing the local media of having a "lynch mob" mentality.

The controversy, which many are calling "Textgate," has been front-page news for weeks. Both the Wayne County prosecutor and the Detroit City Council are investigating Kilpatrick's conduct.

Noah Ovshinsky reports from Detroit Public Radio.