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Monica Conyers Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison

March 11, 2010

Well, yesterday the city of Detroit finally received some well-deserved justice.  Former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers (wife of the Congressman John Conyers), was sentenced to serve 37 months in a federal prison after she plead guilty to accepting bribes.

Her plea was for taking bribes to support a contract with Synagro, a sludge processing company; however, the trial of her former aide, Sam Riddle, also exposed a series of other payoffs.  Because of that,  U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn was going to increase Conyers’ sentence.  He had originally planned on 3 years, then wanted to move up to 4-5 years, but Conyers protested and claimed she was a victim of an overzealous media out to get her.  She wanted to take back her guilty plea, but the judge wouldn’t allow it.  Instead, he backed down on the sentencing and went back to 3 years (37 months).

Here is a video, courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:

And when reporters went to talk to Conyers, again courtesy of FOX 2 Detroit:

Conyers absolutely deserved this (in fact, she probably deserved the full 5 years).  She plead guilty to the charge, and then when she saw that she as going to get a REAL punishment, she tried to back out of it.  If she wasn’t guilty, she never should have plead guilty the first time.  Detroit deserved some justice yesterday, and I am happy to see Monica Conyers going to jail.  Her crooked ways and the ways of those like her (Kwame Kilpatrick, for one) are purely disgusting, and not what Detroit needs.  Hopefully, this, along with the sentencing of Kwame Kilpatrick, mark the road to recovery for Detroit politics and an end to corruption in Detroit.

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Live: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Pleading Guilty to Charges, Expected to Resign

September 4, 2008

This is happening live.  Kwame Kilpatrick is about to plead guilty, and he’s expected to resign as Mayor of Detroit.

The judge (supposed to be Judge David Groner, but I never saw anything that said anything today confirming that’s who the judge was) is now informing him of what right’s he is giving up (trial by jury, being assumed innocent until proven guilty, being able to testify, being able to cross examine witnesses, appeal this case).

He has  just said that he will waive those rights and plead guilty.

He has just said that he is pleased with the job his lawyers have done.

He has just said that he is ready to plead guilty today, saying, “I’m here,” implying that he wants this done as soon as possible.

They’re now showing the courtroom around him and wow, there are a LOT of people there.

Kwame Kilpatrick has just reentered.  The court is now officially in session.

Judge: “Mr. Kilpatrick, on the dates of October 11,  2004, at a civil deposition in the City of Detroit … and on August 29th … in the Wayne County Circuit Court, did you do something wrong that causes you to plead guilty today.”

Kilpatrick: “Yes, I lied under oath … regarding information that was relevant to claims made by [the police officers]. … I lied under oath … for the lawsuit.”

“The Court is satisfied and will accept the plea for the 2 counts of obstruction of justice.”

The Judge is now setting a sentencing date of October 28 at 2:00 P.M.  The judge has now gone on to another case for Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick is to plead no contest to charge 1 and charge 2 will be dismissed (I’m not sure what charges these  are for now), and he is to tender a letter of resignation no later than September 18, surrender his law license, as well as 120 (I think that’s what he said) days in jail.

The judge is saying the charges are: public officer assaulting/obstruction.  So this was the case where he shoved the cop off the porch.  He’s pleading no contest to charge 1.  He will be convicted of this charge, and at the sentencing hearing, the 2nd charge will be dropped.

The judge is now making sure that Kilpatrick understands the rights that he’s giving up, just like he did with the perjury charges.

The prosecutor now gave the factual basis for the case, and the judge accepted the plea.

The sentencing date for that will be the same as for the perjury charges.

The judge is commending all lawyers on both sides of the case, including Prosecutor Kym Worthy, saying that he’s glad we could settle this today.

And they’re done.  Kilpatrick is now  hugging somebody – I think it’s his wife, but it might be his sister.  Kilpatrick is now leaving the court room.  Kilpatrick has  left the court room.

Well, that’s honestly something I didn’t expect I would see.  I figured it’d go to trial.  I’m glad to see that Kwame finally gave in.  They were saying something about pleading “No contest” and the possibility of a civil suit, so we’ll see what happens.

I’ll keep you updated if anything else develops.

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s Guilty Plea Postponed Until Tomorrow Morning

September 3, 2008

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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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Jailed for Going to Canada

August 7, 2008

Well, Kwame Kilpatrick has been sent to jail, after it was revealed that he went to Windsor, Ontario for a business trip, violating his bond.  Kwame apologized for the mistake in not telling the judge of the trip, saying, “I’ve been living in an incredible state of pressure and scrutiny.”  He said that he had gone to Windsor to discuss the sale of the tunnel between the U.S. and Canada, saying, “We got the deal back on track. … It wasn’t a spur of the moment, willy nilly, I can frolic in Canada.”

Prosecutor Robert Moran told the court, “It’s not serious to him that he’s a criminal defendant. … This court should be outraged.”  And that’s true.  This is all just more fun and games for Kwame.

36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles said, “What matters to me … is how the court overall is perceived and how if it was not Kwame Kilpatrick sitting in that seat, if it was John Six-Pack sitting in that seat, what would I do?  And that answer is simple.”

Kwame’s defense attorney, Jim Thomas, told reporters, “I think it’s the most extreme measure he can take,” as he headed to the circuit court a few blocks away to have the ruling overturned, but Circuit Judge Thomas E. Jackson asked for a transcript from Judge Giles, and said that he wouldn’t hear the case until tomorrow morning at 9:00 A.M., meaning that Kwame will spend the night in jail.

Thomas pleaded with Jackson to here the case today, but Jackson told Thomas, “I just gave you my answer.”

Meanwhile, Jim Parkman, said that the defense team would  attempt to try to get an electronic tether for Kilpatrick to keep him out of jail.  That also failed.

Kwame will NOT be kept in general population, due to the fact that he is a high-profile individual.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy applauded the ruling, saying, “Judge Giles treated this defendant as any other defendant would have been treated.”

I think this is FINALLY justice for Detroiters.  Kilpatrick is finally being treated how he deserves to be treated – LIKE A CRIMINAL!

I’ll keep you updated as this case just keeps getting more interesting.

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Shoves a Cop Off a Porch, Faces Assault Charges

July 29, 2008

Well, the Kwame Kilpatrick scandal continues.  Early last week, sheriff’s deputy Brian White was serving a subpoena to Bobby Ferguson, a friend of Kilpatrick’s.  Kilpatrick threw White into his partner, Joann Kinney, and made a comment shaming her (a black woman) for working with a white man.

Personally, I am appalled that he wasn’t arrested.  If he weren’t a corrupt mayor with a corrupt mother as a Congresswoman, he’d be in JAIL right now.  Although, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Moran did not request that Kilpatrick be taken into custody for the assault.

Instead, 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles changed Kilpatrick’s $75,000 bond from a personal bond in the perjury case (which he was not required to pay – I don’t know why) to requiring him to post $7,500 cash to stay out of jail.  He also revoked Kilpatrick’s privileges to travel without a court hearing, except for already-scheduled travels.  He also ordered periodic and random drug test on Kilpatrick.

Judge Giles said, it doesn’t “matter whether investigator White was pushed or thrown … the fact that defendant Kilpatrick decided to inject himself into this situation where the officers were attempting to lawfully serve a subpoena … defendant Kilpatrick had no right … to come into contact with investigator White or say anything to investigator White. … I  see the behavior as totally irrational.  I don’t know what was going on in defendant Kilpatrick’s life that he exploded, for want of a better term.  This is ridiculous. … I have locked up defendants for approaching or saying things to witnesses for a lot less, let alone touching them. I’m at a loss to defendant Kilpatrick’s behavior here. It’s irrational.”

He made a statement directly to Kilpatrick in the court, saying, “You’re a licensed attorney.  You’re a public official.  Everything you do, every step you take, every word you say is somewhere recorded for everyone to hear.  You need to keep that in mind.”

Robert Moran told reporters, “This underscores a problem that perhaps he’s not taking this as seriously as he should … you can’t bully police officers.”

Here’s what White testified to the court:

He was on his way to serve a subpoena to city employee Brenda Braceful when he saw a Ferguson Enterprises truck in the neighborhood and stopped because he had a subpoena for Ferguson.  He checked the address, and the house was Ayanna Kilpatrick’s, the mayor’s sister.

He approached the mayor’s bodyguard standing outside.  “I identified myself immediately as a police officer, I raised my ID and said I needed to speak to Bobby Ferguson.  He made a sweeping motion with his right arm to the house … he accompanied us to the front door.”

After meeting someone who called himself Derrick Ferguson, White heard shouting from inside.

“‘Don’t tell those f******* anything … Get the f*** out of here.’  At that point Kilpatrickcomes storming out through the door, grabbed me with both of my hands behind me and throws me into investigator Kinney.”

White testified that Kilpatrick then said: “Get the f*** out of here.  Leave my f****** family alone.  Get off my f****** porch.”

White testified Kilpatrick continued accusing him of harassing his family.

Kinney later testified: “It happened so fast … I was like, I couldn’t believe this was happening.”

Kinney said the Mayor told her: “You, a black woman being with a man with the last name White, you should be ashamed of yourself.  Why are you a part of this?”

Now, the issue is a State Police issue, since the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office handed it over to the state to investigate, so that there would be no appearance of a conflict of interest.  Attorney General Mike Cox was happy to take the case, and he has previously expressed his opinion that Kilpatrick should resign.

I trust that Cox will do a good job, and hopefully we can get Kilpatrick out of office and into a prison cell!

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Detroit City Council Votes to Boot Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Out

May 15, 2008

On Tuesday, the Detroit City Council narrowly voted to oust Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, after investigations showed that he perjured in a whisteblower trial.

The council voted as follows on having the governor oust the mayor under her power, having the council itself remove the mayor and censure the mayor:

  • Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. – Yes, Yes, Yes
  • Sheila Cockrel – Yes, Yes, Yes
  • Brenda Jones – Yes, Yes, Yes
  • Kwame Kenyatta – Yes, Yes, Yes
  • JoAnn Watson – Yes, Yes, Yes
  • Council President Pro-Tempore Monica Conyers – No, No, No (no surprise here – her husband is an idiot, why wouldn’t she be one too)
  • Barbara-Rose Collins – No, No, Yes
  • Martha Reeves – No, No, No
  • Alberta Tinsley-Talabi – No, No, Yes

And here’s some quotes from various council members:

  • “I think it places additional pressure on the mayor to consider making a move.” ~~Ken Cockrel, Jr.
  • “Part of what makes city government work is an element of trust.” ~~Sheila Cockrel
  • “My vote reflects my love for our city, not hatred for our mayor.” ~~Brenda Jones
  • “His removal is a necessary step towards excising the malignant tumor … within the city of Detroit.” ~~Kwame Kenyatta (Honestly the best analysis of the situation.  All the others have been WAY too kind to Kilpatrick.)
  • “I have an absolute belief that the best scenario out of all of this is for the mayor to resign.” ~~JoAnn Watson (And you thought that you had convinced him to resign, but you didn’t.)
  • “This is going to cost the city a lot of money and it’s going to cost the city a lot of time.” ~~Monica Conyers (When did we decide to sacrifice justice for money?  If we never tried any criminals, all of the governments would save money.  This is the most ridiculous excuse out there, and it shows just how dumb Conyers is.)
  • Removing the mayor “sets a bad precedent.” ~~Barbara-Rose Collins
  • “The council’s no further ahead with that vote than  we were before we took it.” ~~Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (Is that a reason to vote against it?)

So, what happens now?

  • The governor could remove the mayor.
    • Within the next week, the council will send a sworn statement to Granholm’s office asking her to remove the mayor.
    • The governor’s office will have a meeting with the state’s attorneys to look into the complaint.
    • Assuming that the complaint has followed the proper protocol, Kilpatrickwill be served with a copy of the complaint and and notification of a hearing.
    • If it is found that the mayor engaged in official misconduct, Granholm would have to open removal proceedings, but there is no set timetable that would accompany the process.
  • The council could remove the mayor.
    • The council will hold a public hearing on June 13th.
    • A trial would take place sometime after the hearing.  This would last about 2 weeks.
    • The council would vote on removal.
    • Kilpatrick’s attorneys could block the effort in court.  He could also appeal his removal in court.
  • Kilpatrick could resign.
    • I’ll wake up from a really weird dream, hit the snooze button, and hopefully dream about some fun vacation in San Antonio (it’s a GREAT city – you should go sometime).

So, what’s likely to happen?

  • I DOUBT the governor will step in.  She has said that she doesn’t want to, and Detroiters (especially African Americans) would NOT look kindly upon the “intrusion.”  If you ask me, Detroit needs a good intrusion.  L. Brooks Patterson should annex Detroit and whip it back into shape.
  • I REALLY DOUBT that the mayor will resign.  JoAnn Watson pleaded with him to resign, and that got nowhere (I plan on doing a blog post specifically on her plea, sometime later today).
  • The council will probably vote to remove him after the hearing, but Kilpatrick will appeal it, showing that he really doesn’t give a rip about the city, making them pay more money, to oust him for a crime that he and his mistress committed during a trial where he cost the city $8 million.
  • Wayne County Prosecutor Kym worthy will probably build a good case and he’ll be found guilty in a criminal court.

I’ll keep you updated as things happen.

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Supreme Court: Texas Law Trumps International Court of Justice and President Bush

March 25, 2008

Today the Supreme Court ruled in MEDELLIN v. TEXAS that Texas (and all the other states) do not need not provide new hearings to Mexican citizens on death row who were not told they could obtain consular help when arrested, as is required by the “Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (Vienna Convention or Convention).”

Here’s the background of the case:

No. 06-984. Argued October 10, 2007–Decided March 25, 2008

In the Case Concerning Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mex. v. U. S.), 2004 I. C. J. 12 (Avena), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) held that the United States had violated Article 36(1)(b) of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (Vienna Convention or Convention) by failing to inform 51 named Mexican nationals, including petitioner Medellín, of their Vienna Convention rights. The ICJ found that those named individuals were entitled to review and reconsideration of their U. S. state-court convictions and sentences regardless of their failure to comply with generally applicable state rules governing challenges to criminal convictions. In Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon, 548 U. S. 331–issued after Avena but involving individuals who were not named in the Avena judgment–this Court held, contrary to the ICJ’s determination, that the Convention did not preclude the application of state default rules. The President then issued a memorandum (President’s Memorandum or Memorandum) stating that the United States would “discharge its international obligations” under Avena “by having State courts give effect to the decision.” (Source:

So, this all came about by an appeal from José Ernesto Medellín, who was sentenced to death (TEXAS!) for the rape and strangling of two innocent teenage girls who walked in on a gang initiation in Texas on their way home from a friend’s house in 1993.

He appealed because the President Bush said that the state of Texas had to disregard their law (about not having to let him have another trial) and follow the ICJ ruling.

But Medellín brought up the subject of the Vienna Convention rights until after he was convicted and sentenced.  When he appealed, Texas judges said he was not allowed to bring it up in later appeals.  “The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals had ruled most recently that neither the 2004 ICJ decision nor Bush’s memo was binding federal law that could override state rules.” (Source: USA Today)

Medellín’s lawyer, Donald Francis Donovan, said that he was disappointed, but offered a ray of hope to Medellín in that the Congress could still pass a law that would require the ICJ ruling to be upheld (this was also said by the Supreme Court in the ruling).

Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the opinion of the Court, with Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito joined, saying:

No one disputes that the Avena decision–a decision that flows from the treaties through which the United States submitted to ICJ jurisdiction with respect to Vienna Convention disputes–constitutes an international law obligation on the part of the United States. But not all international law obligations automatically constitute binding federal law enforceable in United States courts. The question we confront here is whether the Avena judgment has automatic domestic legal effect such that the judgment of its own force applies in state and federal courts.

Justice John Paul Stevens concurred, saying:

The decision in Avena merely obligates the United States “to provide, by means of its own choosing, review and reconsideration of the convictions and sentences of the [affected] Mexican nationals,” 2004 I. C. J., at 72, ¶153(9), “with a view to ascertaining” whether the failure to provide proper notice to consular officials “caused actual prejudice to the defendant in the process of administration of criminal justice,” id., at 60, ¶121. The cost to Texas of complying with Avena would be minimal, particularly given the remote likelihood that the violation of the Vienna Convention actually prejudiced José Ernesto Medellín. See ante, at 4-6, and n. 1. It is a cost that the State of Oklahoma unhesitatingly assumed.4

On the other hand, the costs of refusing to respect the ICJ’s judgment are significant. The entire Court and the President agree that breach will jeopardize the United States’ “plainly compelling” interests in “ensuring the reciprocal observance of the Vienna Convention, protecting relations with foreign governments, and demonstrating commitment to the role of international law.” Ante, at 28. When the honor of the Nation is balanced against the modest cost of compliance, Texas would do well to recognize that more is at stake than whether judgments of the ICJ, and the principled admonitions of the President of the United States, trump state procedural rules in the absence of implementing legislation.

Justice Stephen Breyer issued the dissent, with Justices David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joining, saying:

In sum, a strong line of precedent, likely reflecting the views of the Founders, indicates that the treaty provisions before us and the judgment of the International Court of Justice address themselves to the Judicial Branch and consequently are self-executing. In reaching a contrary conclusion, the Court has failed to take proper account of that precedent and, as a result, the Nation may well break its word even though the President seeks to live up to that word and Congress has done nothing to suggest the contrary.

I would join the opinion of the court here – without Congress passing a Federal law, states don’t have to abide by the treaty, and to force them to not only destroys the sovereignty of the states and the Federalist system, but also the sovereignty of the country as a whole.  Who cares what some international court decided – this guy raped and murdered 2 teenage girls, and he deserves to die.

I commend the court for its decision here.  God bless Texas!

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Faces a Range of Charges

March 24, 2008

Today at 11:00 A.M., Kym Worthy released her decision on whether or not to file charges, and boy was it a big decision.  She filed 12 counts of criminal activity against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (Democrat), as well as some against former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.  Here’s what the Detroit Free Press said about her decision (I’m not sure if it was a press conference or what, I would’ve watched it live, but I was in class):

“Kilpatrick is charged with eight felonies and Beatty with seven.  They are: perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.  Worthy said the perjury charges accuse the two of lying during a whistle-blower lawsuit about the firing of Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown and about their romantic relationship.”

Here’s some of what Worthy said: This case was about as far from being a private matter as one can get.  Honesty and integrity in the justice system is everything.  That is what this case is about.  Just when did honesty and integrity, truth and honor become traits to be mocked, downplayed, ignored, laughed at or excuses made for them?  When did telling the truth become a supporting player to everything else? … Our investigation has led to other potential defendants, so we will continue our investigation into their activities.  Let me be very, very clear: this was not an investigation focused on lying about sex.  Witnesses must give truthful testimony and we have to demand that they do.  That is why they take an oath. … Some have suggested that the issues in this case are personal or private.  The justice system has been severely mocked and the public trust trampled on. … This case is about as far from being a private matter as one can get.”

Worthy also said that she expects Kilpatrick and Beatty to turn themselves in by 7:00 A.M. tomorrow.

The perjury charge alone could carry up to 15 years in prison as well as disbarment and removal from office.

If Detroit wants to prove that it is going to get out of this pattern of corruption, they MUST convict Beatty and Kilpatrick of the crimes that they are OBVIOUSLY guilty of.

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Update on the Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Scandal

February 3, 2008

OK, well details are coming out of this thing faster than details about the 2008 primaries.  See here for my previous post:

So, here are the new details:

  1. Monday, January 28th
    1. Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, Kilpatrick’s alleged (and late confirmed) mistress resigned.
      1. In response, Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers (acting president while Ken Cockrel Jr. is over seas) and Councilwoman JoAnn Watson said that the council should not wait for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s investigation to be finished, buth that the Council should also conduct its own investigation.
    2. Sharon McPhail, a former Councilwoman and opponent of Kilpatrick’s during his last reelection campaign, who is now one of his top aides said that “I’d just be awfully surprised if this resulted in any charges.  I just don’t think it’s there. … When the facts are known this is just going to be a blip on the screen of all the wonderful things he’s done for the city.”  HUH!!!  What screen is she looking at?  Is she forgetting about the “blips” from the Manoogian Mansion party, the death of stripper Tamara Greene, the Red Lincoln Navigator, the controversy over his civic fund (the time that he threw Ray Sayah’s microphone – yeah, he must hate WXYZ), the whistleblower trial that sparked this scandal, or the time that his guards threw Steve Wilson into a wall?  Even my hardcore Democratic grandma can’t stand him.
  2. Tuesday, January 29th
    1. Kilpatrick hired Kandia Milton, an aide, as his new Chief of Staff, saying that he “has proved his skills as my deputy chief of staff and as my liaison with the City Council and I know he will do an exceptional job in this new assignment.  He has worked effectively with Council on a number of initiatives and has shown an ability to develop cooperative, productive relationships that will be valuable in this new assignment.”
      Milton responded by saying, “I am grateful to the Mayor for giving me the opportunity to serve the people of Detroit in this capacity.  I know that under the Mayor Kilpatrick’s leadership, Detroit’s best days are yet to come.”
    2. A proposal brought up by Conyers and Watson in the City Council to perform an investigation was defeated.  Only Watson voted for the proposal.  Most Councilmembers, such as Kwame Kenyatta opposed the measure due to the absence of Cockrel and Councilwomen Martha Reeves and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (who are in Taiwwan on a trade mission), while Conyers said that she want to hold a closed meeting first.
  3. Wednesday, January 30th
    1. On his way to his televised public apology, Kilpatrick pushed reporter Steve Wilson out of the way and swung at the camera of Mandi Wright, causing the camera to hit her in her face.  Unlike Kilpatrick’s previous encounter with Wilson, I think that Kilpatrick was somewhat justified in moving him out of the way, but not for swinging at Wright’s camera.
    2. That night he gave an apology speech with his wife (available here in full:

      Good evening, Detroit.  I want to start tonight by saying to the citizens of this great city, I’m sorry.  To all of you who have believed in what we’ve been doing here since 2002, to all of you who have believed in me, in my leadership, to all of you who have stuck with me through very difficult times, to all of you who prayed for me: I’m sorry.

      For the embarrassment and the disappointment the events of the past few days have caused you, for what you as my supporters, many of you, have had to hear as you traveled around our city to beauty shops and barbershops, what you had to hear when you were in church this past Sunday from people who know that you have supported me.

      For those of you who have not always been Kwame Kilpatrick supporters (isn’t this most of the city?), but who lift up our city, who live in our city, who support this town in various ways, I truly apologize to each and every one of you individually and to the whole city.

      Most of all tonight, I want to make a public apology to my entire family, and specifically to the four people who I love the most in this world.

      First, I want to apologize to my sons, Jelani, Jalil and Jonas. For the first time in my life, I had to have a conversation with my 12-year-old twin sons about very grown-up things. It was, without a doubt, the hardest conversation that I’ve ever had in my entire life.

      Finally, and most importantly, I want to make a public apology to my wife, Carlita, who I fell in love with when I was 19 years old. We decided to build a family together, and we did that.

      Our marriage has not been perfect, but it has been great. Now, I put her in a situation which many couples deal with in the privacy of their own homes, but in our case, it’s on the front page of the newspaper. This dynamic, strong, caring woman has been forced to go through this very difficult experience because of me. I truly apologize to you.

      As many of you know, I’m not the type of person who displays my emotions in public, but I have to tell you I’ve felt more emotion in the last week than I have in the past 20 years. I’ve been truly hurting. I’ve been hurting because I know that many of you are hurting. And most of all, I’ve been hurting because I know my family is hurting. And I’m responsible for that.

      Over the past few days, there’s been some speculation about who is in charge of the city. Make no mistake about it, since 2002, I have been in charge of the city (unfortunately).

      There have been ups and downs, there have been hills and mountains and valleys, but through it all, I remained in charge of the city (what ups?). I believe we built a team here that understands the mission and focus and commitment that we must have to serve our citizens. We’ve done some amazing things, but we have a lot of work left to do (in 5 years, you’re gonna be blown away?).

      Over the past few days, there has also been a lot of speculation about me resigning from office. Let me be clear tonight: I would never quit on you (trust me, nobody would see it as that – they’d be happy). Ever. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and with your help, I’m going to continue to lead this city in getting the work done. I am truly blessed and grateful that my wife is beside me tonight, and she has some personal remarks of her own to make.

      Detroit, I am determined that we will keep moving forward. I am determined to continue the tremendous progress we are making in this city, in the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression.

      Detroit, together we have managed to do great things. We have paved more streets than ever, we have built more new houses than ever. We have balanced our budget and wiped out a $300-million deficit.

      We have developed 75 buildings downtown, large and small, we have built seven new hotels, we have built three new rec centers in neighborhoods that have not seen rec centers in 20 years . We are building out our riverfront, and we are not stopping now (I’ll give him these things – that’s been a great improvement to Detroit).

      Detroit, please continue to pray for our family, for our city and for our continued progress. God bless you, Detroit. I love you, and I’ll see you at work tomorrow.

      The thing that stuck out to me the most here is the part that I bolded. Nowhere does he say that he’s hurting because he cheated on his wife or because he hurt his family, but becaue his family is hurting and the people of Detroit are hurting. He doesn’t admit that he’s the cause of this hurt and it makes it sound like the only reason that he’s sorry is because he got caught (which is probably true considering how many strippers in and out of Detroit he’s been involved with before).

  4. Thursday, January 31st
    1. Kwame Kilpatrick reports for work as usual.
    2. Some people weighed in on the Mayor’s speech:
      1. Diane Murphy from Sterling Heights: “Perjury’s not private.  I wanted him to say, ‘I lied and I’m sorry.  I screwed up.’  In his personal life, he may be squared away, but not his professional life.”
      2. Others were upset about the loss of the $9 million.
      3. Still others sypathized with Beatty (why – she wasn’t a scapegoat, she was his MISTRESS!).
      4. Stephen Henderson, a Free Press columnist said, “This is about sex with an employee.  About the ruined careers of three police officers.  About lies told under oath, in a courtroom.  And about $9 million in public money that was spent to settle lawsuits inspired by his personal behavior.”
  5. Saturday, February 2nd
    1. Norman Yatooma, an attorney representing Jonathan Bond, the son of Tamara Greene (a stripper known as Strawberry), who was shot on April 30th, 2003.  Yatooma is representing Bond in a federal lawsuit which claims that both police and citiy officials covered up her death.  Former Police Lt. Alvin Bowman said in a lawsuit that city officials transferred him out of the homicide division because he was investigating how Greene was killed.  She was rumored to have performed at the infamous Manoogian Mansion party in the fall of 2002.  (At the time, Attorney General Mike Cox dismissed the rumor as just a rumor.)  Bowman later left the department citing stress leave and then sued the city.  Bowman was awarded $200,000 for the lawsuit.  Now Yatooma is asking SkyTel to provide copies of incoming and outgoing text messages and calls, originating from any Detroit SkyTel messaging device from a list of 34 people.  Kilpatrick, his bodyguards Mike Martin and Loronzo Jones, Christine Beatty, former Police Chief Jerry Oliver, Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings, and Alvin Bowman are all on the list. 

And that’s what all has happened in Detroit involving Kilpatrick these past few days.

I think Kilpatrick will get investigated by the Council eventually, and will be impeached if he doesn’t eventually resign.  There’s no way he can avoid it – he perjured.  He admitted to this – he said he cheated, and that means he perjured.  He needs to be booted, and so do half of his corrupt associates, like Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings.

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Involved in Another Scandal

January 26, 2008

Well, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has got himself into (another!) scandal.  How the man ever got re-elected is still a question I’ve never been able to figure out the answer to – heck, even my hard core Democratic grandma can’t stand him.

So, here’s what’s going on.  According to a Free Press article, the Mayor and Christine Beatty, his Chief of Staff, had an affair.  No biggie right?  Wrong – unfortunately (or I guess fortunately for Detroiters if it gets this moron out of office), Kilpatrick and Beatty denied having an affair … while under oath … during a trial (a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by former cops Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope)… the outcome of which cost the city $9 million.  It also says that the two misled jurors when they said that they did not fire Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown back in 2003.

So, today Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy got involved after first seeing allegations in the Free Press article.  Here’s an excerpt from her press conference:

There are people who mistakenly believe that this office has been conducting an investigation. That could not be farther from the truth. And we have received no information whatsoever from any police agency.

News reports and newspaper articles are not investigations and they are not evidence. We cannot and will not at any time make any potential charging decision based on that.

However, here is a decision that I have made. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office will conduct an independent investigation that will be fair, impartial and thorough.

We will not be rushed by anyone or anything. We will only be influenced by the evidence and the facts that developed and nothing, I mean, nothing else.

Then, Kilpatrick decides to call Worthy and tell her that he will remain neutral in her upcoming re-election.  Some people say that it was only suspicious, while others say it was a conflict of interest (most likely to get her off the case).  Knowing Kwame, he couldn’t have had good intentions, but I have FULL FAITH in Worthy that she’ll do a good job in this investigation, and hopefully we can prosecute the crap out of this failed Mayor!

In the mean time, Deputy Mayor Anthony Adams has taken over the job of Mayor while Kilpatrick has “fled” to Florida with his family.

I think this picture sums up what Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson described as a “hell of a self-made mess”:

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said he will hold off on making any decisions to investigate or prosecute until Wayne County (Kym Worthy) is done with its investigation (and if they do prosecute, then he would not).

If convicted, Kilpatrick and Beatty could face up to 15 years in prison, under Michigan law.

It’s kinda funny, regarding the lawsuit and questioning about the (at that point alleged) affair, Kilpatrick said, “I think it was pretty demoralizing to her — you have to know her — but it’s demoralizing to me as well.  My mother is a congresswoman [and a bad one at that – she’s opposed to the war in Afghanistan – who even Democrats mostly support, not to mention that her office was terribly disorganized when I went to just get a pass for the Congressional chambers].  There have always been strong women around me.  My aunt is a state legislator.  I think it’s absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore.  I think it’s disrespectful not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do a professional job that they do every single day.  And it’s also disrespectful to their families as well.”

My best wishes to Kym Worthy in her investigation.  Let’s boot this guy out of office!

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