Detroit’s Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Indicted… Convicted!… RESIGNS!

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Detroit’s Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Indicted… Convicted!… RESIGNS!
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King Kwame Indicted Convicted! RESIGNES!

Update: Dateline Sept. 4 2008

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner presided over the court case in which Kilpatrick agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice by committing perjury.

Part of the plea agreement includes immediate resignation within 14 days; restitution payments totaling million; and four months in jail.

The court will asses the million restitution fee based on how much Kilpatrick already has and how much he can pay.

Kilpatrick will be sentenced Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.

Kilpatrick is barred from running for public office for five years, according to the plea deal.

He will also have to hand over his law license and turn over his state pension to the city of Detroit.

Groner read aloud all of the charges against Kilpatrick and told him all but two would be dismissed.

He also asked Kilpatrick several questions regarding his guilty plea, and whether he was doing it on his own willingness and whether he was satisfied with what was taking place.

Groner asked Kilpatrick if he understood he was giving up the right to be innocent until proven guilty.

"I gave that up a long time ago," Kilpatrick replied.

Kilpatrick answered each question and stated that he knew exactly what was taking place and was agreeing to plead guilty.

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick read the following statement in Wayne County Circuit Court on Thursday as part of his plea agreement in a perjury and misconduct case:

"I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope versus the city of Detroit, Case No. 03317557NZ, regarding information that was relevant to claims made by Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope. I did so with an intent to mislead the court and jury and to impede and obstruct the fair administration of justice.

"I lied under oath at a civil deposition for the Brown-Nelthrope lawsuit on Oct. 11, 2004 in the city of Detroit. I also lied under oath in the civil jury trial in the Nelthrope-Brown lawsuit in the Wayne County Circuit Court on Aug. 29, 2007."

Kilpatrick, 38, is in his second four-year term as mayor. He was charged with 10 felonies in two cases.

In a letter sent to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm early Thursday afternoon, Kilpatrick said his resignation will be effective Sept. 18, 2008.

Good Riddance to bad Rubbish

C.C.

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Dateline Monday March 24, 2008,

The tenacious Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced a 12-count criminal indictment against Detroit’s Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (the Idi Amin of the midwest), and former Detroit Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, Listed below are the 8 felony charges (to date) against the mayor.

Charges Filed Against Kilpatrick
• Count 1: Conspiracy to obstruct justice (5-year maximum sentence)
• Count 2: Obstruction of justice. Accused of firing Detroit Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown as part of an effort to illegally hamper a criminal investigation and committing perjury to hide the firing of Brown or a relationship between the mayor and Beatty. (5-year maximum sentence)
• Count 3: Misconduct in office. Accused of firing Brown to hamper a criminal probe of Kilpatrick’s personal conduct or the conduct of his security unit and committing perjury to hide the firing. (5-year maximum sentence)
• Count 4: Misconduct in office. Accused of authorizing the city to settle a whistle-blowers’ lawsuit with the motive of preventing the release of text messages showing the mayor and his aide lied under oath. (5-year maximum sentence)
• Count 5: Perjury in court. Accused of lying under oath in August 2007 by saying he did not fire Brown, did not know Brown was investigating him or a rumored party at the mayor’s official residence and testifying falsely as to other circumstances surrounding the termination of Brown. (15-year maximum sentence)
• Count 6: Perjury in court. Accused of falsely testifying in August 2007 that he didn’t have a romantic or sexual relationship with Beatty. (15-year maximum sentence)
• Count 7: Perjury outside of court. Accused of swearing falsely before a notary public in June 2003 as to the circumstances surrounding the "un-appointment" of Brown. (15-year maximum sentence)
• Count 8: Perjury outside court. Accused of swearing falsely before a notary public in October 2004 as to the circumstances surrounding the "un-appointment" of Brown. (15-year maximum sentence)

And just to “add insult to injury” she had a bit of fierce commentary on what he should have learned as a 5 year old,

”…tell the truth, take responsibility for your actions, admit when your wrong,
play fair and be fair, don’t take or use things that aren’t yours, and there are consequences for bad behavior.”

– Kim Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor

I mean most of us learned this as stuff children right? Hizzoner should have known better on multiple levels, he did go to go to law school? Truth be told this couldn’t have happen to a nicer guy.

C.C.

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I used to practice law, but hated it, so I abandoned the profession after several miserable and frustrating years. However, I did enjoy the intellectual side of the law, and found my most satisfying moments during the hours I would spend in the law library doing research, wading through piles of books as I looked up statutes and case law in order to resolve some thorny legal issue. But that was one of the very few things I enjoyed about practicing law, and I am grateful beyond measure that that part of my life is now over.

During my lunch hour today, I went to the Superior Court Law Library with camera in hand, and decided to take some pictures under available light — in this case, sunlight streaming through a window — using a legal text, my glasses, and my fountain pen as props. I wanted to have some fun with it, too, so I pulled this particular volume off the shelf and opened it to one of the more amusing case-law decisions in recent memory: United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and his Staff, 54 FRD 282 (E. D. Pa. 1971). In this case, a judge in a United States District Court denied leave to the plaintiff to proceed "in forma pauperis" — that is, without paying the filing fees — in a lawsuit the plaintiff had filed against Satan. That’s right — the devil, Beelzebub, that fellow. In a tongue-in-cheek memorandum that the judge or his clerk must have had oodles of fun writing, the court noted that Satan was a "foreign prince," as such without standing to be sued in an American court, and that the plaintiff, in the paperwork he had submitted when he filed the case, had failed to include the required form of instructions to enable the United States Marshal to serve process on the defendant.

For a time, I had fantasies about someday serving on the U. S. Supreme Court, and finding a way to cite this case as precedent for one of my own decisions.

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