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January 31, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick pleaded for forgiveness from his family and his constituents in an emotional televised speech, his delayed response to recently revealed racy text messages that contradicted his sworn testimony that he did not have a physical relationship with a key aide. "I truly apologize to you," Kilpatrick said, turning to his wife, Carlita, who sat by his side, holding his hand, at their family church. "I am the mayor. I made the mistake. I am accountable." He vowed to remain mayor.
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October 10, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who turned Detroit into his personal wallet, was sentenced Monday to 28 years in prison for corruption in the city that has become the modern face of municipal bankruptcy. The city's chief executive from 2002 to 2008, Kilpatrick was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes as part of what prosecutors called the “Kilpatrick enterprise,” years of forcing contractors to pay off a confederate who made the money available to the mayor.
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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.
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March 11, 2013 | By Ed White
DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted Monday of corruption charges, ensuring a return to prison for a man once among the nation's youngest big-city leaders. Jurors convicted Kilpatrick of a raft of crimes, including a racketeering conspiracy charge that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years behind bars. He was portrayed during a five-month trial as an unscrupulous politician who took bribes, rigged contracts and lived far beyond his means while in office until fall 2008.
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August 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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November 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick called the voters of his downtrodden city "brilliant" and appealed for unity after his upset reelection. Kilpatrick, 35, also dismissed rampant speculation that Detroit, which the U.S. Census Bureau ranks as America's poorest big city, is headed for insolvency. Kilpatrick, first elected in November 2001, won another four-year term.
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August 27, 2008 | From the Washington Post
Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm announced Tuesday that she will hold a hearing to decide whether Kwame M. Kilpatrick should be forced from office, denying the beleaguered Detroit mayor's appeal to have the hearing delayed or canceled. Granholm, who, like Kilpatrick, is a Democrat, signed an order Monday night scheduling the hearing into allegations of official misconduct and released it Tuesday. Granholm was responding to a request by the Detroit City Council to begin the process of removing Kilpatrick from office.
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December 30, 2001 | From Associated Press
Mayor Dennis Archer won't talk about his legacy as he leaves office after eight years, but his fingerprints are on three casinos, two ballparks, two major corporate headquarters relocating downtown and a contract to host the 2006 Super Bowl. Monday is the last day in office for the former state Supreme Court justice, who in 1994 became the second black mayor of the nation's 10th-largest city. Archer, who turns 60 on New Year's Day, is being succeeded by Kwame Kilpatrick, 31, who is also black.
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January 29, 2008 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Five months ago, Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick and chief of staff Christine Beatty testified that they did not have a romantic relationship. They continued to deny a relationship out of court as well, as they had for several years. But that was before the Detroit Free Press published a cache of text messages between the two, many of them flirtatious or sexual, and others referring to meetings in hotels.
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November 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
Republican Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg won a second term in a blowout Tuesday, easily defeating former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer by drawing a wide majority of Democrats away from his opponent in this strongly left-leaning city. Bloomberg, the billionaire former executive who was elected four years ago as fires still smoldered at the World Trade Center, said he would be thrilled if he won "by one vote or more."
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September 21, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The former mayor of Detroit grew rich while in office by receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from a contractor who performed work for the city water department, prosecutors alleged Friday at the start of the former official's corruption trial. Kwame Kilpatrick, 42, forced from office by another scandal in 2008, is on trial on charges including racketeering, conspiracy, extortion and bribery. Also on trial are his father, Bernard Kilpatrick; friend and contractor Bobby Ferguson; and former city water commissioner Victor Mercado.
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February 25, 2009 | Associated Press
NBA Hall of Famer Dave Bing and incumbent Ken Cockrel Jr. advanced to a May 5 runoff election, vying to serve out the remainder of disgraced ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's second term. With 99% of precincts reporting, Bing received 26,104 votes, or about 29%, while 24,500 ballots, or 27%, were cast for Cockrel. The Democrats were among 15 mayoral candidates in the nonpartisan special primary.
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February 3, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick was released from jail early today after serving a 99-day sentence. Kilpatrick, 38, and his ex-chief of staff admitted lying during a 2007 whistle-blowers' trial, denying a romantic relationship and their role in a police official's firing. Text messages they'd sent to each other belied their testimony, leading to perjury charges. In a plea agreement, Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and agreed to pay the city $1 million in restitution.
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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.
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September 5, 2008 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Ending a seven-month political soap opera that consumed the city, Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick pleaded guilty Thursday to two felonies related to his affair with a top aide and resigned from office. In an agreement with prosecutors, Kilpatrick, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and will serve four months in jail. He also agreed to pay the city $1 million in restitution. He cannot hold public office during his five-year probation period, his law license will be revoked and he will give up his state pension.
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August 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Lawyers for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick filed a lawsuit aimed at scuttling a hearing that could lead to his ouster, saying the proceedings would be unfair and presided over by a governor who is biased against him. Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski is expected to hear the request today to halt removal proceedings, which are scheduled to start Wednesday. Gov. Jennifer Granholm scheduled the hearing under a rarely used provision of the Michigan Constitution that allows the governor to evict officials for misconduct.
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February 25, 2009 | Associated Press
NBA Hall of Famer Dave Bing and incumbent Ken Cockrel Jr. advanced to a May 5 runoff election, vying to serve out the remainder of disgraced ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's second term. With 99% of precincts reporting, Bing received 26,104 votes, or about 29%, while 24,500 ballots, or 27%, were cast for Cockrel. The Democrats were among 15 mayoral candidates in the nonpartisan special primary.
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January 26, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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August 27, 2008 | From the Washington Post
Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm announced Tuesday that she will hold a hearing to decide whether Kwame M. Kilpatrick should be forced from office, denying the beleaguered Detroit mayor's appeal to have the hearing delayed or canceled. Granholm, who, like Kilpatrick, is a Democrat, signed an order Monday night scheduling the hearing into allegations of official misconduct and released it Tuesday. Granholm was responding to a request by the Detroit City Council to begin the process of removing Kilpatrick from office.
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