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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in court during an emergency bond appeal hearing in front of Judge Thomas Jackson at the Wayne County Third Circuit Court today in Detroit.
(BRYAN MITCHELL/Associated Press)

Mayor's attorney promises fight

A magistrate today set a $25,000 bond for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in connection with two felony assault charges filed by the Michigan Attorney General's office.

Magistrate Renee McDuffee of the 36th District Court ordered the mayor to post 10% of a $25,000 bond, or $2,500 for release on the new charges. The mayor posted the bond this afternoon and was released.

McDuffee said she could impose conditions only on the case before her, the two assault charges stemming from an altercation with Wayne County law enforcement officers trying to serve a subpoena.

McDuffee ordered Kilpatrick to have no contact with witnesses in the assault case.
Kilpatrick, who spent the night in Wayne County Jail on an unrelated criminal case, appeared on a television screen in 36th District Court to face the two felony assault charges.

McDuffee entered a not guilty plea for the mayor. Kilpatrick made no comment. McDuffee then scheduled a preliminary examination for Aug. 15.

Kilpatrick attorney James Thomas argued for a lenient bond, saying that the mayor already has posted bond at considerable personal expense in relation with the perjury case against him.

During a new conference in Detroit this morning, Attorney General Mike Cox charged Kilpatrick with two counts of felonious assault for allegedly shoving a sheriff's deputy into his partner last month.
"We are charging defendant Kwame Kilpatrick with assaulting ... police officers in the furtherance of their duties," Cox said.
The latest charges pose yet another threat to the livelihood of the 38-year-old mayor, who has steadfastly remained in office while battling eight other felony charges and possible removal hearings by the City Council and Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The other criminal charges all relate to the text message scandal exposed in the Free Press in January.

After Cox's news conference, Thomas said the mayor's side would fight the new charges as they fought in Circuit Court ealier today with "law and common sense." He said of the new charges, "it's just an allegation, let's take it step by step." At the suggestion the latest case was on the fast, track, he laughed and said, "Mike Cox could dismiss it in one day."

Cox said he will push for the case to go to trial within 90 days.

"Yesterday, Defendant Kilpatrick stood in the 36th District Court and stated he doubted 'that there had ever been a person who had gone through the legal process who respects it more than I do.' " Cox said, quoting the mayor. "His actions of July 24th make a total mockery of his statement yesterday. The actions of the defendant here are really an assault on the judicial system. These officers were victims of an assault against them, but our judicial system is no less a victim."

The charges against Kilpatrick each carry a penalty of up to two years in prison upon conviction. If he is convicted of a felony, he would automatically be removed from office.

"This is a very straightforward, simple case" that prosecutors hope to bring to a preliminary hearing within two weeks, Cox said.

"It is a very serious case. ... I cannot recall, ever, seeing, let alone hearing, of a situation where a police officer trying to serve a subpoena was assaulted," Cox said, adding that he has been a prosecutor for 20 years.

The new charge stems from a July 24 altercation with Wayne County Sheriff's Detective Brian White, who testified that Kilpatrick shoved him into his partner at the mayor's sister's house in Detroit. Kilpatrick's lawyers said the mayor gently escorted White away from the house.

White said he was trying to serve the mayor's friend, Bobby Ferguson, with a subpoena for a hearing in the text message case against Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty, who also is facing multiple felonies in that case.

White testified in a bond hearing the day after the altercation that he saw a truck from Ferguson's contracting company in front of the house on LaSalle Boulevard on the city's west side. He and JoAnn Kinney, a former Detroit police officer who now works as an investigator in the prosecutor's office, approached the house to ask whether Ferguson was there.

Kinney testified that Kilpatrick burst through the door, hurled expletives at her and White, then shoved White into her. Kinney, who is black, also said that the mayor made a racial remark to her about White, who is white.

It was never explained why the mayor was at his sister's house during the altercation, which happened about 4 p.m. on a weekday. The home is next door to the home of his mother, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.

Cox announced the following day that his office would review the case after state police concluded their investigation.

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Detroit mayor agrees to plead guilty, resign

DETROIT -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has agreed to plead guilty to obstruction charges and will step down after more than six years leading the nation's 11th-largest city.
The plea deal was announced during a court hearing Thursday and brings to an end a seven-months-long sex scandal that led to felony charges against Kilpatrick and plunged the city, region and state into political chaos.
As part of the plea deal, the 38-year-old Democrat is expected to serve jail time.
The married mayor and former top aide Christine Beatty were charged in March with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice. They're accused of lying under oath about an affair and their roles in the firing of a deputy police chief.
Beatty did not plead guilty and next will appear in court on Sept. 11.

The married mayor and former top aide Christine Beatty were charged in March with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice. They're accused of lying under oath about an affair
I thought Bill Clinton taught us that lying under oath about sex isn't perjury? :rolleyes:

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Detroit's ex-Mayor Kilpatrick jailed for 4 months

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DETROIT -- Kwame Kilpatrick was sent to jail for four months Tuesday for his part in a sex-and-text scandal and the judge chastised the disgraced ex-mayor for arrogance and disregard for the rule of law.
Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner's sentence was the finale to the scandal that destroyed Kilpatrick's reign at City Hall and threw local government into disarray for months.
"At a time when this city needed transparency, accountability and responsibility, you exhibited hubris and privilege at the expense of the city," the judge said.
He ruled that Kilpatrick not be given an opportunity for early release.
But county sheriff's spokesman John Roach said in a subsequent statement that Groner didn't have the standing to order Kilpatrick not receive time off for good behavior.
The judge's ruling "does not override Michigan Statute that says a sheriff shall credit all sentenced county jail inmates with one day good time for every five days served, provided the individual is a model inmate," Roach said.
Kilpatrick, 38, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, admitting he lied about an affair with his chief of staff while testifying in a civil lawsuit in 2007. He also pleaded no contest to assaulting a sheriff's detective.
He was ordered to serve five years of probation and pay the city $1 million in restitution. Kilpatrick paid $20,000 to the City of Detroit on Tuesday as his downpayment on the restitution.
Groner had harsh words for Kilpatrick when he laid down the sentence.
"Ultimately what shocked this court and much of the community was your press conference after your plea hearing," the judge said. "That night, the community expected to hear a message of humility, remorse and apology. Instead, we heard an arrogant and defiant man who accused the governor, among others, for his downfall."
Kilpatrick declined an offer to address the court
Groner moved the hearing to a larger courtroom to accommodate the news media and spectators. As he waited for the sentencing hearing to begin, Kilpatrick sat back with an arm around his wife, Carlita. The ex-mayor smiled often and chatted with other family members and supporters seated nearby.
But once the hearing began, Kilpatrick's demeanor changed. At times, he was seen burying his head in his hands.
It was Kilpatrick's first public forum since the speech to supporters -- referenced by the judge Tuesday -- after his guilty plea Sept. 4. In that address, Kilpatrick lashed out at Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who was holding hearings to remove him from office, and told Detroit, "You done set me up for a comeback."
His next stop is the Wayne County jail, where he will be in his own cell 23 hours a day. He will not be allowed to mix with other inmates during his one hour of recreation.
Kilpatrick, a Democrat, admitted lying while testifying last year in a civil lawsuit filed by former police officers who had accused him of illegally demoting or firing them.
He and chief of staff Christine Beatty denied having an affair, but text messages obtained by a lawyer in the case -- and later the Detroit Free Press -- clearly contradicted them.
They used their city pagers to arrange trysts and share sexually explicit desires. A fresh batch of messages was released last week, revealing that Kilpatrick, married with three children, likely had other lovers.
The messages first were publicly disclosed in January by the Free Press. Beatty quickly resigned but Kilpatrick hung on as mayor, even when prosecutors filed criminal charges against the pair in March.
The saga rolled through spring and summer as Kilpatrick hired a team of lawyers and public-image specialists and publicly ridiculed the case against him.
The City Council voted to hold impeachment-style hearings but a judge said it was illegal. Elected officials called on Kilpatrick to step down for the sake of the entire state.
Finally, he agreed to plead guilty and resign only after the governor began the public hearing in September that could have led to his ouster.
Ken Cockrel Jr. was promoted to mayor from council president. A special election to fill the balance of Kilpatrick's term will be held in May after the field is trimmed to two candidates Feb. 24.
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