DETROIT — Prosecutors accusing Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of perjury said Wednesday that a plea deal could come as soon as today, a surprise development that could cost him his job.
The office of Wayne County prosecutor Kym L. Worthy had said the agreement could come Wednesday, then this morning. But Kilpatrick's attorney cautioned that talks were continuing.
The Detroit City Charter stipulates that any mayor guilty of a felony must be expelled from office. Kilpatrick is charged with eight felonies in the perjury case, linked to the attempted cover-up of an extramarital affair with an aide. To keep his job, he would have to get all the charges reduced to misdemeanors, or beat the charges in court. He also faces two assault charges.
"The plea deal has not been consummated. . . . They're still working out the finer points," lawyer James Thomas said after spending the day defending Kilpatrick at a separate hearing, on whether to remove Kilpatrick from office, led by Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm.