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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:33 pm

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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:33 pm

Really makes this message board first class


Too bad we can't say the same thing about the other board
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:47 pm

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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:48 pm

"Attorney Bill Goodman, who is making the case on behalf of City Council for the mayor's ouster, said the filing "is both frivolous and maniacal at the same time."

This dolt is a total NUT CASE. One of the prosecutors should hold an insanity hearing...maybe remove him that way!
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Thu Aug 28, 2008 7:58 pm

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"Attorney Bill Goodman, who is making the case on behalf of City Council for the mayor's ouster, said the filing "is both frivolous and maniacal at the same time."

This dolt is a total NUT CASE. One of the prosecutors should hold an insanity hearing...maybe remove him that way!

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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Thu Aug 28, 2008 8:01 pm

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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:43 pm

Friday, August 29, 2008
Worthy: Plea bargain reports erroneous
Paul Egan / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy issued a statement Friday denying that her office is the source of media reports about ongoing plea bargain negotiations in the Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick case and describing at least some reports about the negotiations as "erroneous."

"It is the policy of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office not to comment on matters related to negotiations in the Kilpatrick case or any other case," Worthy said in a prepared statement.

"Reports regarding negotiations in print and broadcast media are not coming from my office. There are other sources who, for some unknown reason, wish to give erroneous information to the press. We caution the public to remember this."

On March 24, Worthy charged Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and official misconduct in a case related to a police whistle-blower trial in 2007. Worthy's investigation began after pager text messages published in January pointed to a sexual relationship between Kilpatrick and Beatty and possible perjury about the nature of their relationship and circumstances surrounding the removal of Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown when they both testified in that civil case last year.

Other records released as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press show Kilpatrick and Beatty signed a secret deal to keep the text messages under wraps as part of the city's $8.4 million settlement of police whistle-blower lawsuits.

Kilpatrick is also facing assault charges brought by Attorney General Mike Cox, stemming from a July altercation when two officers were attempting to serve a subpoena at the home of Kilpatrick's sister.

Attempts by Kilpatrick's lawyers to negotiate a possible plea deal have intensified as a Wednesday hearing approaches before Gov. Jennifer Granholm. She is to rule on a request by the Detroit City Council to remove Kilpatrick from office.

You can reach Paul Egan at (313) 222-2069 or pegan@detnews.com


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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:39 pm

The clock is ticking
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:55 pm

Kwame better start accepting the deal!


Even if he don't do jail time; they have to get him out of office
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:31 am

And stop parading his big butt in a t-shirt and jeans in front of that massive mansion he calls home!
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:58 am

Granholm lawyer calls mayor's bias suit laughable
Judge to rule Tuesday on whether removal hearing can proceed

By Zachary Gorchow and Joe Swickard • Free Press Staff Writers • August 29, 2008

A judge will rule Tuesday on whether the removal hearing against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick scheduled for Wednesday before Gov. Jennifer Granholm can go forward.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski, who heard arguments this morning on the mayor’s request that he issue a temporary restraining order against the hearing, said given the seriousness of the case, he would review the arguments and briefs over the Labor Day weekend and issue a decision Tuesday.

Dan Webb, Kilpatrick’s attorney, told Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Ziolkowski earlier today that Granholm’s comments urging the closure of the mayor’s legal woes and private comments that the mayor should resign show she is biased.

Webb said Granholm has prejudged the case against the mayor and that the law allowing governors to remove local elected officials is vague. He cited remarks Granholm made to the news media urging the mayor’s legal woes be resolved and alleged private remarks she made to Kilpatrick’s attorneys urging him to resign as evidence of bias.

“The governor has involved herself in this process in order to get the mayor to plead guilty and she’s expressed her opinion that he should in fact plead guilty and he should in fact be removed from office regardless of what the evidence is," Webb said, citing alleged comments Granholm made with attorneys in Kilpatrick's criminal case. “If someone has already prejudged the matter, then they should not be making the decision.”

Webb also said the statute is flawed because it only specifies the governor must remove an elected official if satisfied “sufficient evidence” exists of “official misconduct.”

There is no definition for sufficient evidence, he said.

“The governor is getting unfettered discretion to find something to be official misconduct,” Webb said.

Webb also said most of the witnesses called in the case will not testify, putting Kilpatrick in the position of having to give up his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself by testifying in the removal hearing. Kilpatrick has been charged with criminal perjury, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.

But John Wernet, Granholm’s deputy legal counsel, responded that the mayor’s case is “laughable.”

Wernet said Granholm’s urging speedy resolution to the crisis showed no prejudice and her pushing of the mayor to resign was akin to a judge recommending a defendant settle.

“The facts alleged by the plaintiff utterly fail – utterly fail – to demonstrate the absence of fair and just treatment,” he said.

Wernet and Bill Goodman, the council's attorney, said the court legally cannot interfere in the governor's removal hearing because it would represent the judicial branch interfering in the executive branch. They also said the case does not need witnesses. The statute only requires that the mayor be given an opportunity to defend himself, and then the governor must decide if sufficient evidence exists.

Wernet also disputed Webb’s assertion that the statute is void, saying there is 100 years of case law interpreting the statute. He asked Ziolkowski to dismiss the case.

Ziolkowski said he “finds some of the arguments about due process compelling,” but also is reconciling that view with the reality that the proceeding before Granholm is an administrative one, not a criminal one.


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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sat Aug 30, 2008 1:03 am

ROCHELLE RILEY | OFF THE PAGE: Kilpatrick’s law license likely a goner

BY ROCHELLE RILEY • FREE PRESS COLUMNIST • August 29, 2008

DENVER — Four days full of Democrats, and all I heard when people learned where I was from was: "What’s wrong with your mayor?" Or "When is that going to be over with your mayor?"

So, here’s a thought: If the only thing keeping Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from quitting, pleading guilty and going away is trying to keep his law license, then he can consider this.

Robert Agacinski, the administrator for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, said Wednesday that a lawyer investigated by the commission could lose his license after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor.

“Nothing is guaranteed,” he said.

So, see, the mayor can go ahead and resign. He’s probably going to lose his law license anyway.

Agacinski did not speak specifically about the mayor and declined to discuss the investigation of Kilpatrick, which the Free Press reported in March.

Kilpatrick has been charged with 10 felonies. Eight stem from a police whistle-blower case that he settled to hide embarrassing text messages and two were filed after an incident with two sheriff’s deputies.

Michael Schwartz, former administrator of the commission, told the Free Press earlier this year that pleading guilty to a felony was “literally the equivalent of the death penalty for a law license.”

But Agacinski said Wednesday that attorneys can plead guilty to felonies and not be permanently suspended or plead guilty to misdemeanors and lose their licenses. It is all up to the Attorney Discipline Board.

If the mayor is holding out hope that a lesser plea will save his job, he may be wrong, and he’s missing the bigger picture: Who would want to hire the disgraced mayor of a majority black city who shamed his family, his race, his fellow politicians and his own promise?

The mayor and the city he used to love have experienced months of shame since he released a statement last winter saying the text messages were "profoundly embarrassing" and "reflect a very difficult period" in his life.

At that moment, he had no idea how difficult his life would become.

And now that it has become more difficult, the last thing he should be thinking about his representing anyone. Ever. Again.


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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:15 am

Give it up Kwame
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sat Aug 30, 2008 3:15 am

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And stop parading his big butt in a t-shirt and jeans in front of that massive mansion he calls home!


I just imagined Kwame doing that!


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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:57 am

A MAYOR IN CRISIS | FREE PRESS EXCLUSIVE
Kilpatrick would leave in deal from lawyers
He’d admit guilt, resign, pay restitution and more

By JOE SWICKARD and BEN SCHMITT • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS • August 30, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick would plead guilty to at least two felonies, pay a six-figure restitution and agree not to run for office for two years under a plea deal offered by his lawyers to settle perjury and obstruction of justice charges, the Free Press has learned.

The deal would mean Kilpatrick would automatically lose the mayor's office and his law license. Under the proposal, he would also sign over his state pension and benefits to the City of Detroit, do 300 hours of community service with homeless and disabled people, and serve up to five years probation, according to a source familiar with all aspects of the negotiations. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy hasn't accepted the deal because she wants jail time, a condition the mayor rejects.

In a letter delivered to Worthy late Friday, the mayor's defense team proposed having a neutral legal statesman assess the offer. The letter suggests U.S. District Chief Judge Bernard Friedman, former U.S. Attorney Saul Green, retired Wayne County Prosecutor John O'Hair or retired 36th District Court Chief Judge Alex Allen.

The window for a deal narrowed this past week. A judge is expected to rule Tuesday on whether Gov. Jennifer Granholm can proceed with a hearing Wednesday to remove the mayor. The hearing, sought by the Detroit City Council, was challenged by the mayor's lawyers last week. If the defense team loses, the incentive to negotiate disappears.

The extraordinary move to name an elder statesman came after talks stalled last Wednesday on whether Kilpatrick would go to jail as part of a deal. Sources close to the prosecution said jail has always been part of Worthy's position, while others said the mayor's new defense team would not have gone into plea talks if members had known she would ask for jail time. According to the source, jail time was not discussed during seven days of intense negotiations for a deal.

The deal proposed by the defense will also allow the text messages that led to the charges to be used in other investigations, said the source, who characterized the talks as professional and focused “because both sides knew the clock was ticking.”

Adding a facilitator is unusual

Worthy dashed cold water Saturday on the notion of an evaluator or facilitator.

“The Wayne County Prosecutor's office does not use facilitators to resolve our cases,” Worthy spokeswoman Maria Miller said.

Friedman, reached Saturday, said he would consider being a facilitator if it is allowed by judicial ethics.

“I'm flattered my name was mentioned, but I haven't heard a thing about it,” he said. “I'm always up for a challenge.”

Allen, saying that unusual situations sometimes require fresh approaches, added, “It would be unique in criminal cases. In civil cases, it does work. The percentages say it is a wise thing to do.”

O'Hair and Green could not be reached for comment.

David A. Moran, a University of Michigan Law School professor, said he'd never heard of such a tactic.

“I've handled hundreds and hundreds of criminal cases, and I don't believe the words ‘mediation' or ‘arbitration' have ever been uttered,” Moran said. “I suppose there's no reason not to try mediation, but it's only an option if both sides are willing to mediate. Normally, prosecutors operate by saying: ‘Take our offer or we'll go to trial.' ”

Ben Gonek, a Detroit defense attorney with connections to both sides, said he doubts the letter will succeed.

“Any sitting judge that hears that the mayor used the privilege of his office to negotiate a plea deal would find that conduct absolutely reprehensible and probably use it to support an increased sentence,” Gonek said.

Even though the mayor's criminal case has clouded Detroit for months, serious plea negotiations on the text message case didn't begin until Aug. 21 when three new defense lawyers — Gerald Evelyn, Juan Mateo and Todd Flood — were brought on board, according to the source. The three lawyers have deep local ties and were seen as able to reach out to the prosecution team.

The first sessions, held Aug. 21 and 22 in the prosecutor's office at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, laid out each side's base lines.

For prosecutors, the nonnegotiable points were pleas to multiple felonies, substantial restitution and hundreds of hours of community service.

Defense attorneys said the mayor would agree not to run for office for two years, give up his state pension and pay some restitution — but do no jail time.

Extended talks took place last weekend, with evening telephone calls augmenting the face-to-face sessions.

By last Sunday, it was agreed that Kilpatrick would plead guilty to two felonies, giving him a nonexpungeable criminal record, pay a six-figure restitution, sign over his state pension to the city, not run for office for two years, have the prosecutor continue investigations from the text messages and do five years probation. State sentencing guidelines for two felonies call for probation or up to 17 months in jail as a minimum sentence.

The mayor also would do community service.

The mayor would not step down until the actual sentencing date, allowing for a transfer of office and the relocation of his family from the Manoogian Mansion.

On Monday, Christine Beatty's lawyer was brought into the picture. The resolution of her case — like the mayor's separate assault case under Attorney General Mike Cox — depends on first settling the mayor's perjury charges, the source said. In a likely deal for Beatty, she would face significantly reduced penalties compared with the mayor.

Presenting the deal to Worthy

On Tuesday, Evelyn made his personal pitch to Worthy, stressing the financial and personal toll the mayor would suffer under the deal, both immediately and for the rest of his life. A lost law license and enduring criminal record would cost millions in potential lifetime earnings. While he could reapply, his record would be a huge burden.

The deal, Evelyn said in his two-hour presentation, was a fair and efficient resolution without further legal punishment.

Worthy said she'd think about it overnight — a heartening announcement, according to the source, because she wasn't rejecting the offer outright.

But on Wednesday, Worthy said Kilpatrick would have to serve 120 days in jail. That was a deal-breaker for the defense team, which had thought that mandatory jail wasn't part of the package.

By Thursday, media leaks indicated the jail time could be 90 or even 30 days — but some jail time was mandatory. As those numbers were tossed around in news reports, the defense wrote Worthy seeking continued dialogue. She did not respond, according to the source.

On Friday, Dan Webb, the Chicago-based member of the defense team, argued in civil court to stop Granholm's hearing, while other lawyers drafted the letter suggesting that a respected, neutral facilitator be named.

The source said action on a deal has to come quickly especially given the Labor Day weekend.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski will rule Tuesday morning on the defense effort to stop Granholm's hearing. That afternoon, Kilpatrick also faces a bond hearing before Circuit Court Judge David Groner in the assault case involving him and two investigators from the prosecutor's office trying to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend. The attorney general's offer to drop one felony charge in that case in exchange for a guilty plea expires at the end of the day.

On Wednesday, Granholm's hearing starts, and if the mayor is ousted, the incentive to deal vanishes — leaving the potential for months of continued bitter and costly legal fighting with an uncertain outcome.

Contact JOE SWICKARD at 313-222-8769 or jswickard@freepress.com. Staff writer David Ashenfelter contributed to this report.
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:25 pm

No deal! The people of Detroit and of Michigan aren't getting any deals, so why should he?
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:58 pm

Sunday, August 31, 2008
Detroit mayor offers to quit, pay fine, but jail time snags plea deal
David Josar and Jennifer Mrozowski / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is offering to plead guilty to one or two felonies, leave office, pay a fine and restitution and perform community service -- so long as he doesn't go to jail, a source close to his legal team said Sunday.

Frustrated by what they consider stubbornness by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy in ongoing plea talks, the mayor's lawyers have offered to bring in facilitators -- perhaps a judge or well-respected legal figure -- to review the offer, the source said.

The hope is to persuade Worthy that the deal is "politically palpable" and similar to penalties anyone facing similar felonies would receive, the source said.

Worthy has consistently maintained Kilpatrick must do jail time. Last week, talks broke down when she suggested he serve four to six months as part of the deal that would resolve eight felonies stemming from text-message scandal that erupted in January.

Kilpatrick, who spent one day in jail in early August, is willing to leave office but remains adamant that he doesn't want to serve more time, sources close to him said. He faces felonies that are punishable by 15 years in prison.

Not all the mayor's advisers believe the mayor should agree to plea bargain. Some still think he could beat the charges in court, according to a source.

Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for Worthy, did not immediately return a phone message Sunday.

Worthy issued a statement Friday saying her office isn't the source of leaks about near-constant plea talks.

Marcus Reese, a spokesman for Kilpatrick's lawyers, echoed the remarks on Sunday.

"We agree with the prosecutor's notion that we don't comment on any form of resolution," he said. "Anyone who is doing otherwise is being irresponsible and potentially misleading the public."

The talks are reaching a critical point. A Wayne County judge is set to rule Tuesday on Kilpatrick's motion to halt removal proceedings against him by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Those proceedings are set to begin Wednesday in Detroit; lawyers claim the governor has already made up her mind to remove the mayor.


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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:06 pm

Let him experience jail fully....
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:19 pm

I don't care who he thinks he is, but we have congressmen in prison for less! He needs some jail time, to understand the situations the people he is Mayor of go through. He is not above the law.


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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:03 am

laprimamirala wrote:
Let him experience jail fully....



I just want him out of office


Getting no jail time would not upset me

Kwame buying justice [ LIKE OJ[


They would upset me
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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:14 am

Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Mayor under fire
Appeals court denies request to halt Kilpatrick removal hearing
David Josar, Christine MacDonald and Doug Guthrie / The Detroit News

DETROIT -- A three-judge appeals court panel has denied Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's attempt to stop a Wednesday hearing before Gov. Jennifer Granholm to remove him from office.

Issuing an opinion at 7:30 p.m. today following a 4:30 p.m. hearing, the judges found that the law allowing the governor to proceed is "not impermissibly vague and does not deny plaintiff the right to fair and just treatment at the executive hearing."

The panel also unanimously found that the mayor's lawyers failed to present "sufficient evidence to call into question the ability of the governor to preside over the executive hearing in a fair, impartial and unbiased manor."

The mayor needs a court order that would stop the hearing. So far there is none and the hearing is on schedule.

Also Tuesday, Granholm asked the Michigan Supreme Court to rule on an appeal for Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick by lawyers who are seeking to block a hearing by the governor on removing the mayor from office. The Supreme Court so far has not weighed in.

In other action, Wayne Circuit Judge David Groner cut Kilpatrick's electronic tether following a hearing at 4 p.m. today but kept in place the travel restrictions on the mayor to the tri-county area.

The hearing took place in the state office building in the New Center neighborhood.

Joseph Niskar, an attorney for Kilpatrick, filed an appeal just after 1 p.m. with Michigan Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling earlier today by Wayne Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski that would allow Wednesday's hearing to proceed.

A short time later, Granholm wrote the state Supreme Court, asking it to take the case out of the appeals court and rule directly on the matter. She noted that her hearing is to start Wednesday.

"I submit that this constitutional challenge involves a controlling question of public law of such public moment as to require early and final determination by the Michigan Supreme Court," Granholm wrote.

Ziolkowski said the separation of powers outlined in the Michigan Constitution between the state judiciary and the executive branch of the government prohibited him from stopping the governor.

"The governor can move forward with her hearing," the judge said and then dismissed the case.

Another of Kilpatrick's attorneys, James C. Thomas said he was upset with the ruling because it means Granholm's hearing is "set up for the governor to be judge, jury and executioner in this case."

Because the case was dismissed, lawyers for the governor said they also can ask the appeals court to delay any action for 60 days.

The governor's deputy legal counsel, John Wernet, said "the governor would be pleased" by the ruling and was ready to move forward.

Granholm's spokeswoman Liz Boyd said a room in the state's Cadillac Office Building on West Grand Boulevard will be prepared for the hearing.

"We have said all along that unless a court tells us we can't, we will hold a hearing starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday," Boyd said.

The hearing could be wrapped up as early as Saturday.

As for the defense allegation that Granholm is biased against the mayor, the judge said if there were any bias, it had to do with the mayor's criminal case, and not the issues involving the whistle-blower suit the governor would be addressing.

Earlier, the mayor's attorneys had filed an affidavit alleging the governor had organized a secret meeting with herself, prosecutors and defense attorneys to reach a "global settlement" to Kilpatrick's legal woes and that she wanted the mayor to resign.

On Tuesday, an affidavit signed by Granholm was submitted that acknowledged she had held a meeting with county prosecutors -- who have charged the mayor with eight felony counts related to the whistle-blower case -- and Kilpatrick's lawyers, but it was only to "introduce one possible resolution" as a starting point to reach a conclusion.

She said she then left the room to allow the lawyers to meet confidentially.

The mayor was not in Ziolkowski's courtroom.

His lawyers, including Thomas and Sharon McPhail but without Dan Webb, who Thomas said was in Oregon, arrived about 40 minutes before the judge took the bench. Also present was the mayor's press secretary, Denise Tolliver, and Chris Garrett, a member of the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Kilpatrick had hired.

Attorneys for the mayor and filed several legal documents -- including an affidavit from Granholm -- that delayed the start of the court proceedings.

"I thought I better get out here and stop the flood of paper ... and face the music," the judge said when he took the bench around 10:35 a.m. The hearing had been scheduled for 10 a.m.

William Goodman, an attorney for the City Council, characterized Ziolkowski's ruling as "thoughtful" and "timely."

Kilpatrick asked Ziolkowski for a temporary restraining order and an injunction on claims that Granholm has made up her mind before the start of Wednesday's hearings. Granholm's lawyers say she has not made a decision on Kilpatrick's ouster and say legal precedent and the Michigan Constitution support her right to oust public officials for misconduct.

Kilpatrick attorneys also argued the law is vague and Granholm's hearings are stacked against the mayor. The governor doesn't have subpoena power and is voluntarily calling on witnesses to testify. Several who could support the mayor -- including city corporation counsel John E. Johnson -- have declined, fearing their testimony could be used against them.

Last month, Ziolkowski halted the City Council's attempt to oust Kilpatrick.

City Council President Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr. wrote Granholm on May 20 asking her to remove Kilpatrick. The council said it believes the mayor misled members into approving an $8.4 million settlement in a whistle-blower suit that hid text messages indicating Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, may have lied during the case.

In March, Worthy charged Kilpatrick and Beatty with 12 felony counts, including perjury, related to that case.

There has been no movement on any plea deal between Worthy and Kilpatrick. Worthy wants Kilpatrick to serve jail time. But Kilpatrick's lawyers want an arbitrator to review an offer in which the mayor would plead guilty to two felonies, agree to a lengthy list of punishments that includes fines, a loss of his pension and five years' probation -- but serve no time behind bars, according to two sources close to the talks.

You can reach David Josar at (313) 222-2073 or djosar@detnews.com


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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:03 am

OK...here's my little contribution to this one:

Why won't Spongebob Squarepants ever go to Detroit?

Because....Kwame Kil(l)Patrick !!!


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OK...here's my little contribution to this one:

Why won't Spongebob Squarepants ever go to Detroit?

Because....Kwame Kil(l)Patrick !!!

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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Thu Sep 04, 2008 3:20 am

Ditto Gs....but man....school and work combined are kicking my ass. I lost the position I had at work, so I had to find a new one...which I did...but the training is lasting forever. I've been getting home a LOT later than I'm used to, and getting up earlier than I'm used to for school.
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Ditto Gs....but man....school and work combined are kicking my ass. I lost the position I had at work, so I had to find a new one...which I did...but the training is lasting forever. I've been getting home a LOT later than I'm used to, and getting up earlier than I'm used to for school.



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PostSubject: Re: King Kwame's Text Messages   Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:42 am

A MAYOR IN CRISIS
Mayor admits guilt, resigns

BY M.L. ELRICK, JIM SCHAEFER, JOE SWICKARD and BEN SCHMITT • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS • September 4, 2008

Updated at 10:37 a.m.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who will lose his job because he lied while under oath at a police whistle-blower trial, has just pledged to tell the truth as he prepares to admit his guilt as part of a plea deal he just struck with the Wayne County Prosecutor.


The deal calls for Kilpatrick to plead guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice by committing perjury, agreeing to serve four months in jail, pay up to $1 million in restitution, and serve five years' probation. He also agreed not to run for office during that five-year span.

The mayor will turn over his state pension to the City of Detroit, which paid $8.4 million to settle two whistle-blower lawsuits three former cops filed against the city. The mayor was charged with eight felony counts ranging from conspiracy to perjury to misconduct in office to obstruction of justice after the Free Press revealed that the mayor lied on the witness stand during a police whistle-blower trial and gave misleading testimony about whether he intended to fire a deputy police chief investigating allegations of wrongdoing by members of his inner circle.


Just before huddling with his attorney, a smiling Kilpatrick jousted with reporters sitting in the first row of the courtroom. He, apparently good-naturedly, told them their reports were wrong and they needed to check their sources. He did not elaborate.


He also shook hands with Christine Beatty, his former chief of staff and ex-lover. Beatty has left the courtroom with her attorneys, Mayer and Jeff Morganroth, and a man believed to be her pastor.


First lady Carlita Kilpatrick is in the courtroom. This is the first time she's been in a courtroom with Beatty since the scandal started in January.


The mayor has some other familiar faces in the courtroom, including Marc Andre Cunningham, a former aide to Kilpatrick resigned shortly after the Free Press reported that he had been using a city-issued cell phone that was tapped by the FBI last year. Cunningham, who acted as the mayor's valet before becoming his liaison to the film industry, has said he did not believe he was using the cell phone at the time it was tapped and he said his resignation had nothing to do with the Free Press report.


Prosecutor Douglas Baker of the Michigan Attorney General's office and Mayer Morganroth, attorney for Beatty, are in Groner's courtroom. Wayne County prosecutors have also entered the courtroom. Kilpatrick's lawyers entered with a member of the mayor's police protection team.


Earlier, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran and two defense lawyers for Kilpatrick left Cadillac Place where they met for about 45 minutes with Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

In January, the newspaper published text messages Kilpatrick and his then-chief of staff Christine Beatty exchanged on city issued pagers. Worthy cited the investigation in March, when he charged Kilpatrick with eight felonies and Beatty with seven.

Earlier this week, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy had offered the mayor six months in jail. That apparently was lowered to four months by Wednesday night.

At one point Wednesday afternoon, Kilpatrick met with his department directors and staff at a regular meeting. The subject of his criminal cases was raised, said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a private meeting. The subject of the mayor's leaving office came up, but Kilpatrick did not commit one way or the other and urged his top staff to remain focused, this source said.

The mayor's plea likely means Gov. Jennifer Granholm will cancel a second day of removal hearings for the mayor. The historic proceedings began Wednesday at Cadillac Place, the state office building located in the New Center, about 10 minutes from the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice where Kilpatrick entered his equally historic guilty plea.

Earlier this morning, Kilpatrick attorney Gerald Evelyn and prosecutor Rob Moran were seen leaving Cadillac Place. They declined to speak with reporters.

Kilpatrick's former chief of staff and ex-lover Christine Beatty, who also is charged with felonies in the scandal, was not included in any plea discussions, her lawyer said Wednesday.

"We were not part of any meeting," Mayer Morganroth said late Wednesday afternoon. "We plan to be in court in the morning and we'll see what happens then."

Kilpatrick is also facing two felony charges for allegedly assaulting deputies trying to serve a subpoena last month at the home of his sister, Ayanna. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox's office is handling that case.
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