Embattled Detroit Mayor Resigns: 'Yes, I Lied'
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) pleaded guilty this morning to two felony perjury charges and agreed to resign from office, a stunning fall for a politician who was once considered one of Michigan's most promising leaders, The Post's Peter Slevin reports.
Kilpatrick agreed to serve four months in jail, pay up to $1 million in restitution, and serve five years' probation. He also agreed not to run for office during that five-year span.
"Yes, I lied under oath," Kilpatrick said, admitting that he perjured himself when he testified in court about a police department whistleblower case and when he denied that he was having an affair with his then-chief of staff, Christine Beatty.
Kilpatrick's story came unraveled after the Detroit Free Press obtained text messages [see copies of the messages] sent between the mayor and Beatty that indicated a romantic relationship.
Kilpatrick was charged in March with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and misconduct in office. Under today's plea agreement, he has two weeks to vacate city hall.
Before his troubles, Kilpatrick had been a rising star in the Democratic Party and a mayor who received credit for tackling the city's deterioration. The Detroit city Web site lists some of what it calls "the most heralded development projects" of Kilpatrick's administration:
"Convincing Quicken Loans, the nation's largest online mortgage lender to move its headquarters to downtown Detroit;
Successfully closing the deal for the $180 million renovation of the historic Book-Cadillac Hotel after 20 years of failed attempts;
Brokering a revised development agreement with three casinos that has produced more than $1 billion in new investment as they build permanent casinos in Detroit;
Establishing the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and empowering the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation to oversee the $2 billion development of the city's once industrial heavy riverfront.
The New York Times Travel Section recognized the city's tremendous progress when it listed Detroit in December as one of 53 "must-see" destinations around the world for 2008."
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