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Detroit mayor's aide to face trial

September 16, 2008|From Times wire reports

The former top aide to Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick chose to go to trial, rejecting plea bargains that included pleading guilty to two felony counts and serving at least 60 days in jail in a City Hall sex scandal.

Christine Beatty turned down an offer that called for 60 days in jail and another that required 150 days, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Spada told a judge. If convicted of all seven charges against her, Beatty could face 19 to 30 months in prison, the prosecutor said.

Beatty is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. She and Kilpatrick were accused of lying when they denied an affair during testimony in a lawsuit filed by ex-police officers. Kilpatrick, a Democrat, has pleaded guilty and leaves office Thursday. He goes to jail for four months in late October.

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