Just when it seemed that things could not be worse for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former aide Crhistine Beatty, it did. Now emails released this week further establish a very compelling case that both lied under oath and spent millions in public funds to try to hide their role in the firing of a police officer as well as their affair.
Both Kilpatrick and Betty feigned outrage on the stand when asked if they had an affair. Perhaps the most embarrassing for Kilpatrick is the outrage that he expressed at trial and indicated that such an affair would mean that Beatty would be little more than a “whore.”
“I think it was pretty demoralizing to her — you have to know her — but it’s demoralizing to me as well . . . My mother is a congresswoman. There have always been strong women around me. My aunt is a state legislator. I think it’s absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore. I think it’s disrespectful not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do a professional job that they do every single day. And it’s also disrespectful to their families as well.”
Now, in a Sept. 23, 2002 text message from Beatty to the mayor, she wrote: “I love you so much man! Thank you for showing what it’s like to be head over heels in love.” On the stand, Beatty had rolled her eyes at the suggestion of an affair and denied it under oath.
The emails also show Beatty acknowledging their role in firing of internal affairs chief Gary Brown. In a May 15, 2003 email, Beatty writes: “I’m sorry that we are going through this mess because of a decision that we made to fire Gary Brown. I will make sure that the next decision is much more thought out. Not regretting what was done at all but thinking about how we can do things smarter.”
Yiks. As these emails emerge, the best that Kilpatrick can hope for is a raw act of jury nullification.
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