September 21, 2012 |
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.
February 25, 2009 |
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.
February 3, 2009 |
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.
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.
September 5, 2008 |
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.
August 29, 2008 |
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.