This is developing news coming out of Detroit right now. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had been expected to plead guilty to charges in the original text message scandal case at 5:15 P.M. EDT today before Judge Edward Ewell Jr., the presiding judge of the Criminal Division of Wayne County Circuit Court. Apparently the details of the plea deal hadn’t been completely ironed out by 5:15, so the decision was made to postpone the court appearance until 9:00 A.M. tomorrow, where he’ll appear in front of Judge David Groner.
At this point in time, I have to say that this has not been confirmed. All that we know for sure is that Kilpatrick will be in court tomorrow morning. One of Kilpatrick’s defense lawyers, Joseph Niskar, told reporters, “I can tell you it’s a not a bond motion. We’ll see.” He specifically did not answer the question of whether or not Kilpatrick will be taking a guilty plea.
After reporters headed over to the Wayne County court due to rumors that a plea deal was to be made around 5:00, Maria Miler, a spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy told reporters, “We believed a plea was imminent. … We believe it may take place [Thursday].”
Kilpatrick’s attorney, James Thomas, told reporters, “It is apparent that they are close” to a plea deal. Thomas had been at forfeiture hearings that Governor Jennifer Granholm had been holding today to possibly remove Kilpatrick from office.
Now, I fail to see why a guilty plea is even being offered here. It’s CLEAR that he perjured before. I see no reason that we should let him off easy. I say take it to court and if he pleads guilty, then he pleads guilty, but I wouldn’t be offering a plea bargain here. I think there’s enough evidence to avoid this. Of course, I don’t know ALL of the facts, but just from what’s been released, I don’t think any jury could find REASONABLE doubt to not find him guilty. Then again, weirder things have happened in Detroit.
I’ll keep you updated as anything more develops (and if I get time, I’ll try to get some transcripts from today’s hearing by Governor Granholm).
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