Felony Charges for Detroit Mayor, Beatty

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Felony Charges for Detroit Mayor, Beatty



DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one-time rising star and Detroit's youngest elected leader, was charged Monday with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages surfaced that appear to contradict his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy also charged the popular yet polarizing 37-year-old mayor with obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.

Former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, 37, who also denied under oath that she and Kilpatrick shared a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003, was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.

In all, Worthy authorized a 12-count criminal information.

"This case was about as far from being a private matter as one can get. Honesty and integrity in the justice system is everything. That is what this case is about," Worthy said at a news conference.

"Just when did honesty and integrity, truth and honor become traits to be mocked, downplayed, ignored, laughed at or excuses made for them? When did telling the truth become a supporting player to everything else?"

The charges could signal the end of Kilpatrick's six-year career as mayor of one of America's largest cities.

Perjury is a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. But for Kilpatrick, a conviction also would mean his immediate expulsion from office. The Detroit City Charter calls for any elected official convicted of a felony while in office to be removed.

Kilpatrick has said he would not resign and last week said he expects to be vindicated when all aspects of the scandal are made public.

The mayor was expected to hold a news conference at noon.

Worthy said she expected the mayor and Beatty to turn themselves in by 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Worthy has said she and her staff have pored over more than 40,000 pages of documents since January, when the Detroit Free Press published excerpts of sexually explicit text messages sent to Beatty's city-issued pager in 2002 and 2003.

The messages contradict statements Kilpatrick and Beatty gave under oath during a whistleblowers' trial last summer when each denied a romantic relationship.

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How did the Press get ahold of the text messages? Did they illegally intercept them? Or, were they given to the Press?

Also, were both people in public office while these indiscretions took place?
 

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FPO703 said:
How did the Press get ahold of the text messages? Did they illegally intercept them? Or, were they given to the Press?

Also, were both people in public office while these indiscretions took place?
The text messages were obtained legally during a previous trial, and lawsuit. Both people were active in public office when this took place.
 

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Next up on the Perjury Wagon is Ella Bully Cummings....

Kiss your Eagles good bye CHIEF....

HA HA Live by the bullet.... Die by the bullett.


I smell a riot acommin'

Ammo and Vest up boys and girls this one is gonna get FUGLY.
 

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This was the speech that alienated Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick with the black community. He reintroduced the "N" word on national TV, after so many people worked so hard to bury it. He blamed everyone but himself for the mess he got himself into.

If you're wonder why all the applause? It's because his audience was hand picked, by invitation only. But even at that, it appeared not everyone was clapping. In fact I have to believe they were playing applause tracks to make up for the less than enthusiastic response.

Kwame Kilpatrick Drops N Bomb at State Of The City!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3WBeXBjjZA&feature=related
 

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MetalManMI said:
She has stars...the Eagles flew away already!

Ahhh Haven't paid attention.

Usualy when she speaks I just go blah blah blah lie lie lie..

She's so far up the Mayors skirt it's not funny.

She prolly sent the birdies back to the academy for not saluting her in public :D
 

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Well here is another black eye for Detroit! I am not racist, but the only good black mayor and former Michigan Supreme Court Justice was Dennis Archer. He had a tough act to follow, Coleman Young. Now there's was a black racist that did more harm to Detroit and her suburbs than Swamy Kilpatrick!
 
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