Newspaper Obtains Detroit Mayor's Text Messages
The Detroit Free Press reports today that it has obtained text messages showing that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff lied about their relationship when they testified in a police whistle-blower trial last summer.
The newspaper examined nearly 14,000 text messages on a pager the city issued to the chief of staff, Christine Beatty. While the e-mails sent to and from public officials have figured in many investigations around the country, it is much more rare for text messages from pagers or cell phones to become public. The Detroit case is somewhat unusual, because the system used by Beatty and the mayor would store messages much longer than text messages sent via cell phone, the Associated Press reports.
Kilpatrick and chief of staff Christine Beatty denied during testimony in August that they had a sexual relationship. But the text messages show them engaged in romantic banter as well as planning and recounting sexual liaisons. The messages are also at odds with the pair's trial testimony that they did not fire Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown in 2003, an ouster that led him to sue. The text messages show Beatty recalling the "decision that we made to fire Gary Brown."
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