Detroit Mayor Jailed for Violating Bond
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."
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