In a remarkably low sentence, Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny sentenced Christine Beatty , the former aide to former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, to just 120 days in jail for her false testimony about their affair. She also faced the less than impressive punishment of being denied the right to attend or get credit for law school during those days.
The sentence was part of a plea agreement. It is entirely unclear when the prosecutors would agree to such a low sentence or why Kenny would accept it. Beatty not only lied on the stand but maintained that lie in public until tapes proved that she and the mayor had committed perjury. The litigation cost the city millions but Beatty will receive a few months in jail. She reportedly has $6 left to her name and towering debts, including $750,000 in legal bills.
Kilpatrick is due to be released from jail early next month.
If prosecutors continue to speculate in public why their politicians engage in such crimes, they may want to look at the punishment that they mete out.
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