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Detroit Mayor Jailed for Violating Bond

POSTED: 01:52 PM ET, 08/ 7/2008 by The Editors

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, embroiled in a sex and perjury scandal, was ordered to the county jail today for violating the terms of his bond.

Kilpatrick's troubles began early this year when the Detroit Free Press published highlights from sexually explicit text messages between him and then-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty. Both Kilpatrick and Beatty had denied in court that they had a romantic relationship. But the Free Press reviewed nearly 14,000 text messages received and sent from Beatty's city-issued pager in 2002 and 2003 and published excerpts that contradicted their testimony.

Kilpatrick was indicted in March on charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office for lying about the relationship and his role in the firing of a police official. Beatty also was charged.

Last month Kilpatrick violated his bond by leaving the country -- going across the Detroit river to Windsor, Ontario, on city business -- without informing the court in advance. The county prosecutor's office requested that Kilpatrick be punished. The mayor quickly apologized, but District Court Judge Ronald Giles decided to send him to jail anyway, saying "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."

By The Editors |  August 7, 2008; 1:52 PM ET
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Are their any "photo's" available of Kwami being "frog marched" to his cell? I'd like to have some suitable for framing and as gifts.

Posted by: Ed Weirdness | August 7, 2008 2:31 PM

Now that is what I call a Fair and Just Judge! Honorable Ronald Giles

Posted by: Webuser | August 7, 2008 2:32 PM

Democrat or Republican? Since WAPO doesn't say, it's a sure bet that the perp is a Democrat.

Posted by: Gregory Freeman | August 7, 2008 2:35 PM

14,000 text messges in two years? That's 19 per day. Does Detroit have a 13-year-old girl as a mayor? No wonder brother has a problem.

Posted by: MarkB | August 7, 2008 2:37 PM

"Kwame" a river! I'd love to see that perpwalk, myself!

Posted by: Truth Teller | August 7, 2008 2:37 PM

Detroit needs to show some integrity, and this is a good first step.

Posted by: Sean | August 7, 2008 2:40 PM

The editors need a spell checker "emboiled" ?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 2:41 PM

Kilpatrick is a crook and a racist. How this guy ever got elected and why he still is in office begs for someone to write a book detailing his accounts as the mayor of Detroit. Why the feds haven't caught up to him is another mystery.

Posted by: TheBear | August 7, 2008 2:42 PM

14,000 of his own emails contradicting court testimony. Detroit is in big-time trouble, but I guess that's because he is what the people of Detroit want for themselves. Last time I checked they still elect mayors.

Posted by: Larry Clifton | August 7, 2008 2:50 PM

"Kilpatrick is a crook and a racist. How this guy ever got elected and why he still is in office begs for........"

(Posted by: TheBear | August 7, 2008 2:42 PM)..

Maybe because Detroit has the largest "African American" population in the USA after NY.
They would back ANYthing done by this guy.

Posted by: Thozmaniac | August 7, 2008 3:02 PM

I guess you never shake the image that the city projects.It was the best and the mightiest at one time. As time goes on the city falls to despair and slums you get the worst in leadership.Therefore, large corporations do not wish to reallocate but to evacuate corrupted cities and that's Detroit. So sad! The potential of new jobs and employment are at stake.

Posted by: Ed Spenik, Formerly of Mi. | August 7, 2008 3:09 PM

14,000 in two years? please, my 16 year old sister does that in 3 weeks.

literally. it's on the bill.

but still, if it was for city business he should've informed them. couldn't have been that hard

Posted by: Nick | August 7, 2008 3:22 PM

I don't care. 14,000 is a lot of text messaging in 2 years for an adult with a job...and I don't think there was much city business being conducted from the reports. The people of Detroit, however, should be given the benefit of the doubt until Kwame comes back up for election. If the re-elect him, then they deserve all the criticism.

Posted by: Jon | August 7, 2008 3:45 PM

This is clearly a case of nothing but blatant racism and oppression directed at an honorable symbol of the Black community and Black "leadership" in Detroit.

It has nothing to do with pathetic condition of Detroit, criminal intent or activity, competence, the worst public school system in the country, an alarming high crime and unemployment (and unemployability) rate, ghastly illegitimacy and high school dropout rates, too many broken or non-existent families, lack of capable or responsible Black leadership or individual personal responsibility, or anything else.

Except Racism! Pure and simple. Which, in any case, is the only cause that matters for all Black problems.

And nothing anybody does outside a comprehensive discussion on Racism, and Racism as the only or proximate cause for the victim status of the Black community, is going to do one thing to lessen the terrible numbers in all these areas. Cosby, Steele, McWhorter, Walter William, Elder,, are all pathetic Uncle Tom sellouts ignoring that FACT that everything "wrong" with the Black Community in Detroit, the USA and the world is due to nothing but RACISM!

Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? Justice and reparations and an unending discussion on race and racism TODAY!

Posted by: Shelama | August 7, 2008 3:53 PM

Shelama you are a nut
I am of African descent, work hard take care of my family. I have encountered racism, been stopped for driving while black, called bad things and I have also given back. However I have never stolen anything from my employer (14000 text messges in a year), I do not lie and I do not cheat on my wife.

Posted by: Andrew | August 7, 2008 4:33 PM

The mayor and and his lover/chief of staff should be made to pay back the equivalent of 14,000 text messages in "time at work", paid to them to work .

Posted by: alex | August 7, 2008 5:58 PM

this is how the story would have looked like if the media was realy fair and balanced.

'Democrat mayor Kwame Kilpatrick a prominant Obama Supporter, was sent to jail for violating the terms of his bond. There has been no word yet on how this may affect the Fund raiser Kilpatrick was scheduled to hold for the Democrat presidential candidate Barrack Obama. Senator Obama did not have an immediate comment on the situation, but campaign spoksman soandso attempted to distance the senator from the criminal mayor. Kilpatrick has raised and contributed vast amounts of time and money to the Obama campaign while his city us strugling with a $65-million budget deficit.'

If he was a repubilican you can sure as heck bet this is how the story would read... just put McCanes name in and its just another story from the MSM.

Posted by: Karl | August 7, 2008 6:26 PM

Imagine that Detroit represents the entire United States and Kwame Kilpatrick was elected President. What woulda coulda shoulda have done to prevent this? Before you VOTE, THINK about to whom YOU bestow your TRUST.

Posted by: seedobecome | August 7, 2008 6:48 PM

RE: Shelama
Are you serious Shelama? I live in Detroit and have had to witness the blatent arrogance of this man as he turns the city against the suburbs and plays the race card whenever possible. He has spent nearly 8 years perpetuating a level of racial tension that I have never seen elsewhere in the country. When he is questioned about the city's drug problem he blames the whites in the suburbs for bringing drugs into the city. This man is a cancer on an already battered community. The people of Detroit are largely to blame as well. It has been public knowledge since the middle of his first term that he has awarded multi-million dollar government contracts to his close friends (who have multiple felony accounts on their records including murder) he squandered $8 million of taxpayer money paying off police officers who he fired for investigating him and he is still under suspicion of murder for a stripper who died at the mayoral mansion during one of his infamous parties. He has lied consistently under oath and to the people of Detroit and has disobeyed EVER order the court has given him since this ordeal began. Yet the people of Detroit elected him again, and many continue to support him because "he is a good God-fearing man who has done great thigs for this city." Like what? Lie, cheat and steal? Many of the things that Detroiters credit the mayor for doing for their city, ie. bringing the Super Bowl, Final Four and All Star Game here along with renovating the riverwalk downtown were all put in place by the previous mayor Dennis Archer. To me, the race card is played by those without the knowledge, intellect and confidence to form and express an educated opinion about difficult or complicated situations. So instead of calling out RACISM as loud as you can, which is so easy to do and such a shameful cop-out, try doing your research and try looking beyond the easiest way out of a intelligent conversation.

Posted by: jkudz | August 8, 2008 9:13 AM

Methinks Shelama is indulging some irony here and is not to be taken seriously at face value.

Posted by: Irony | August 8, 2008 3:32 PM

This all seems so silly - who cared that he sent out all those text messages anyway. If he is so bad for the city of Detroit - can we bring him up on charges a lot more serious. People have lied about sex for years - nothing new.

Posted by: Donnie | August 8, 2008 8:27 PM

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