May 14, 2008 |
The Detroit City Council approved taking the first step toward removing Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is charged with perjury over explicit text messages sent to his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty. Council members voted 5 to 4 to begin forfeiture-of-office proceedings against Kilpatrick. On a separate 5-4 vote, they approved asking Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm to remove Kilpatrick from office -- a step the governor has said she is unwilling to take while the criminal case proceeds.
September 16, 2008 |
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.
August 13, 2008 |
Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick can visit his sister without violating the terms of his bail in an assault case, Judge Ronald Giles ruled. An order not to contact witnesses did not apply to Ayanna Kilpatrick, Giles said. The assault charge stems from a confrontation between the mayor and two investigators who were trying to deliver a subpoena to his sister. The mayor and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, were charged in March with perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office in connection with testimony in a civil trial.
January 26, 2008 |
A prosecutor launched an investigation into allegations that Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lied under oath about an affair with his top aide. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said that her office would investigate reports that Kilpatrick and Chief of Staff Christine Beatty exchanged romantic text messages in 2002 and '03, despite testifying in a trial last summer that they did not have a physical relationship then.
January 30, 2008 |
Detroit Democratic Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick named a new chief of staff a day after the woman who previously held the post resigned amid allegations that she and the mayor had lied under oath about an affair. Kandia Milton, who has served as deputy chief of staff, was appointed to Christine Beatty's job, Kilpatrick announced in a written statement. The mayor's office also said he planned to address the city for the first time since the scandal broke, with an address tonight from his church.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2001
I was endlessly amused by your Column One, "Boy, You Fight Like a Girl" (May 17), especially the sentence, "The ultimate challenge: to be another gender." These Internet gamers are learning things that I, a transsexual woman, have known for years, specifically how it feels to be the other sex. The difference is that most of us transgender people cannot easily retreat back to our born genders, if at all. Ultimately I see these cyber-roles as a positive thing, that non-transgender people are getting a taste of what it means to cross the gender line.