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Old 09-04-2008, 07:43 AM   #1
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Default 4 Months for a felony??? (Thanks Wild)

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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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Old 09-04-2008, 07:44 AM   #2
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Don't you mean 4 months?
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:15 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Wildane View Post
Don't you mean 4 months?
yeah, that too!

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Don't you mean 2 felonies?
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:01 AM   #5
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:17 AM   #6
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Dont you mean the governor of Utah?
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Old 09-04-2008, 04:03 PM   #7
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psh...four months and tendering his resignaiton for perjury? What is he a Republican.

Real politicians numbers actually go up for being found guilty of that.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:01 AM   #8
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Hmm, how much jail time did Scooter Libby get for a similar crime?
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:27 AM   #9
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How much time did Steve Griles get?
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:37 AM   #10
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DD, when you start whining about Libby getting off free, then you can whine when others actually do serve time. Otherwise you appear to be simply partisan, not just.
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:42 AM   #11
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I am still looking to see where DD brought party affiliation in to the conversation. Guilty conscience, Bumbles?
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:56 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by bumbleroot View Post
DD, when you start whining about Libby getting off free, then you can whine when others actually do serve time. Otherwise you appear to be simply partisan, not just.
Bumbles, when you start whining about Bill Clinton getting off free, you can talk. Until then, STFU you whining Democratic sycophant!
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:15 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by bumbleroot View Post
Hmm, how much jail time did Scooter Libby get for a similar crime?
How much time should William Jefferson get?

How much time did Barney Frank get?

How much time did Webster Hubbel get?

How much time did Tony Rezko get?

How much time did William Ayers get?



/checks watch while awaiting answers from bumbler
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:25 AM   #14
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Bumbles, when you start whining about Bill Clinton getting off free, you can talk
Clinton did not commit a felony. He was impeached. He was tried in the Senate and not convicted. Its not even the same situation as Scooter, who was convicted.
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Originally Posted by bumbleroot View Post
Clinton did not commit a felony. He was impeached. He was tried in the Senate and not convicted. Its not even the same situation as Scooter, who was convicted.
You still failed to answer the questions previously posted.

What about those Democrat individuals?
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:45 PM   #16
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What was Scooter Libby elected to?
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:03 PM   #17
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Actually he did commit what could be considered felonies ... lying while under oath (what they got Scooter on, for example) is considered in many cases MORE serious than the actual crime ... Billy boy just wasn't CHARGED in a court of law ... he negotiated a deal for temporary suspension of his law license and a fine ... Scooter, who my guess is believed he was "innocent" or at least that he could "get away with it" actually went to trial and got nailed ... shoulda known better ...
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:12 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by bumbleroot View Post
Clinton did not commit a felony. He was impeached. He was tried in the Senate and not convicted. Its not even the same situation as Scooter, who was convicted.
He wasn't convicted because....

C'mon, you can say it!

Because his DNC allies refused to do the right thing!
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Originally Posted by Pafuna View Post
You still failed to answer the questions previously posted.

What about those Democrat individuals?
He won't answer that. He's not principled enough to admit when he's nothing more than a flaming Liberal sycophant.
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Hmm, how much jail time did Scooter Libby get for a similar crime?
30 months in federal prison, a fine of $250,000, and two years of supervised release, including 400 hours of community service for one count. The 30 months were later commuted.
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