Mar 25, 2008

Things just seem to keep getting worse for the 'Hip-Hop Mayor' of Detroit. Kwame Kilpatrick became the first sitting Detroit mayor to face criminal charges --- eight felony counts.

Although he is facing some stiff charges, the mayor has vowed that he will not resigned. He said that he expected "full and complete vindication" of the charges.

Kilpatrick along with his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, were both arraigned today. They each were released on personal bonds of $75,000, and preliminary examinations for each were set for June 9.

During Beatty's arraignment, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Moran raised a question about whether her lawyer, Mayer Morganroth of Southfield, has a conflict of interest because he also represents Kilpatrick and the city in a lawsuit over the death of stripper Tamara Greene, who was rumored to have danced at a rumored wild party at Manoogian mansion.

Where it all began

The charges stem from a Free Press investigation that showed Kilpatrick and Beatty lied last summer in a police whistle-blower trial when they denied having a sexual relationship, and gave misleading testimony about the firing of Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown.

On Jan. 23, the newspaper published excerpts from nearly 14,000 text messages from 2002 and 2003 that contradicted the pair's testimony. The text messages were sent and received on Beatty's paging device, which was leased by the city and paid for with city funds.

Monday afternoon, Kilpatrick and Beatty, arriving in separate vehicles, turned themselves in at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office in Westland to be booked on the charges. They were fingerprinted, their mug shots taken, and then released. The news media were kept far away. Both are expected back today for arraignment in Detroit's 36th District Court.

The charges against Kilpatrick are conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, two counts of misconduct in office and four counts of perjury. Beatty faces seven similar charges.

Perjury, the most serious, is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The conspiracy, obstruction and misconduct in office charges each carry penalties of up to 5 years in prison upon conviction. (Source)

Do you think Kwame Kilpatrick should resigned?


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