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.