Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has agreed to plead guilty to two obstruction of justice counts tied to his perjury as a witness on an affair with a former aide. He will also give up his law license, resign as mayor, and turn over his pension to the city.
Kilpatrick cost the city millions in fighting the allegations and related investigations. His refusal to resign despite compelling evidence of crimes only magnified the costs to the city. For a discussion of the allegations, click here.
He added to his scandal with a second case involving assault charges on an officer, here.
He was clearly hoping to use the resignation to leverage a better deal — using the city as an unwilling hostage of sorts. It seems to have worked. Under the deal, he would serve only 120 days, click here.
It was a justly ignoble moment for the disgraced mayor who told the Court: “I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown in a civil deposition regarding information of claims I mislead and impeded justice. I also lied under oath at a civil deposition on Oct. 11, 2004 in the Harold Nelthrope lawsuit.” He will now have to serve some time in jail and the 38-year-old college former football star will be sentenced Oct. 28.
In the meantime, the government in Detroit seems to have more process servers and public servants inside City Hall at any given moment, here.
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