Thursday, September 4, 2008

Kilpatrick resigns

The question is why it took so long...

"Kwame M. Kilpatrick, the charismatic mayor of Detroit who has been embroiled in legal problems stemming from a sex scandal since the beginning of the year, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and resigned his office Thursday morning as part of a deal with prosecutors," reports Susan Saulny of The New York Times.

"He agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice and to plead no contest to a felony count of assault on a police officer; to pay restitution to the city of $1 million; to surrender his law license, forfeit his state pension to the city and be barred from elective office for five years; and to serve 120 days in the Wayne County jail, followed by five years’ probation. The other charges were dismissed. The judge in the obstruction case scheduled a formal sentencing hearing for Oct. 28."


  1. When I said in August to a good, native Detroiter-friend that I had some questions about the mayor, his response was, "Yeah, well, he's young." So there you have it. Kilpatrick's misdeeds are the ebullience of youth. Tho' they don't look a lot like ebullience.

  2. It's So Cold In The D

  3. I think that this man got a lot as punishment, but deserves more!!! If this would have been your average Joe, he wouldn't have gotten off so light.

    On a side note, I just discovered your blog and love it! I'm an expat that went to Powers and U of M Flint, now residing in France.

  4. Yippee.....WOOHOOO.....ahem. :) :O)


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