Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Court orders Detroit Mayor to Resign Immediately

September 4, 2008 - "Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday in a sex scandal and will step down after months of defiantly holding onto his job leading the nation's 11th-largest city. He was ordered jailed for four months and fined $1 million." http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26516456

* This is not a commentary about love affairs - Kilpatrick comitted perjury in order to protect himself and his chief of staff during a whistle blower lawsuit by police officers. His private life is his own. Latte does not play judge or jury -voters decide what they are willing to put up with in the way of behavior from public officials.

September 2, 2008 - A judge on Tuesday refused to block a hearing that could force Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office, putting the governor in control of the mayor's political fate and adding pressure on him to settle two criminal cases.

The Detroit City Council asked the governor to hold the hearing, arguing that Kilpatrick misled its members when he settled lawsuits with former police officers for $8.4 million.

The council says it didn't know the deal covered up sexually charged text messages between the mayor and his top aide, Christine Beatty.

Those messages have led to charges of perjury, conspiracy, misconduct and obstruction of justice against Kilpatrick and Beatty. They are accused of lying during the 2007 whistle-blowers' trial about having an extramarital affair and about their roles in the firing of a deputy police chief. Judge won't stop Detroit mayor's removal hearing."

By Corey Williams, AP Reporter: Entire story can be found here:

"Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is hanging on for his political life after the revelation that, among 14,000 text messages between him and his chief of staff Christine Beatty, there was evidence of an extramarital affair between the pair -- evidence that contradicts his sworn statements in a whistleblower case brought by former police officers that ended in $9 million in damages against the city." Special Report: Detroit's Mayor under fire: http://www.detroitnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/METRO/80124001/1345/OPINION0303&template=theme&theme=METRO-DETROIT-MAYOR

"Of course, Kwame's true love is Detroit itself. He loves it like Lenny loved that little bunny in "Of Mice and Men," holding it in his massive arms, squeezing the life out of it, and absolutely refusing to let go, though every day he stays in office is one less day that Detroit can spend rebuilding itself." By Toby Barlow, of The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/toby-barlow/detroit-the-city-of-love_b_93622.html

A Mayor in Crisis -- from Freep.com. The complete Kilpatrick story, including dozens of links to media stories and background investigative materials: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/NEWS01/80124052&template=theme&theme=KILPATRICK012008

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