Wayne County District Attorney Kym Worthy is expected to file a 12-count criminal indictment against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, including obstruction of justice. He needs to resign his position immediately. It is a crying shame that another brother manages to get himself taken down in criminal wrongdoing. He lied repeatedly under oath and thought that somehow, he would get away with it.
Kwame Kilpatrick was a one-time rising star in American urban politics who embraced his “Hip-Hop Mayor” image as Detroit’s youngest elected leader, was in the position to make a lot of good changes in his city as well as to show how far one can go in life if you have the right mindset and abilities. He was charged Monday with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages surfaced that appear to contradict his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy also charged the polarizing 37-year-old mayor with obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.
His booty-call, former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, 37, who also denied under oath that she and Kilpatrick shared a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003, was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. “This case was about as far from being a private matter as one can get. Honesty and integrity in the justice system is everything. That is what this case is about,” Worthy said at a news conference.”Just when did honesty and integrity, truth and honor become traits to be mocked, downplayed, ignored, laughed at or excuses made for them? When did telling the truth become a supporting player to everything else?”
Counts Against Kilpatrick and Beatty…..
Count one – Both Kilpatrick and Beatty are both charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, a five-year felony;
Count two — Obstruction of justice, a 5-year felony, against both saying they did commit crime by firing Gary Brown to willfully and corruptly, hamper obstruct or interview with a criminal investigation and/or commit perjury to fire Gary Brown and hide the relationship between mayor and Beatty;
Count three — Both defendants misconduct in office by firing Gary Brown, interfere with mayro’s personal conduct and/or exec uit and hide firing;
Count four — Against Kilpatrick only for misconduct in office for authorizing city of Detroit to enter into $8.4 million settlement in the Brown-Nelthrope v Kilpatrick and City of Detroit civil case as motive to prevent release of text messages;
Count five — Against Kilpatrick only for perjury in a court proceeding, a 15-year felony, as a witness in that civil jury trial on Aug. 29, 2007 testified he did not fire Gary Brown and that he did not know that Brown was investigating him or the Manoogian mansion party and/or testifying about other circumstances including the reasons for the investigation;
Count six — Against Kilpatrick only for perjury in a court proceeding, a 15-year felony, as a witness in jury trial did on Aug. 29, 2007 commit perjury by testifying didn’t have romantic relationship with Beatty;
Count seven — Against Beatty only for perjury in court proceeding, a 15-year felony, on Aug. 28, 2007 testifying Brown was not fired and that she didn’t know Brown was investigating Manoogian manor party and other circumstances surrounding Brown;
Count eight — Against Beatty only for perjury in a court proceeding, a 15-year felony, did on Aug. 28, 2007 commit perjury by testifying she did not have a romantic or sexual relationship with the mayor and didn’t use her Skytel paging device to send text messages for that purpose;
Count nine — Against Kilpatrick only for perjury other than in a court proceeding, a 15-year felony, for swearing an oath to tell the truth before notary public Sheila B. Rice on June 26, 2003 about the circumstances surrounding the “unappointment” of Gary Brown;
Count 10 — Against Kilpatrick only for perjury in other than a court proceeding, a 15-year felony, on Oct. 11, 2004 as to circumstances of “unappointment” of Gary Brown;
Count 11 — Against Beatty only for perjury in other than a court proceeding, a 15-year felony, for swearing an oath to tell the truth before Rice on Dec. 9, 2003 that she did not know Gary Brown was investigating the Manoogian mansion;
Count 12 — Against Beatty for perjury in other than a court proceeding, a 15-year felony, for swearing an oath to tell the truth before Dec. 9, 2003, that she was not aware of the mayor’s philandering.
Kwame Kilpatrick’s deputy mayor said this latest move is political? Is it? I beg to differ. My position is that Kwame Kilpatrick needs to vacate his position as mayor immediately. He is not fit to continue the business of the city because of this cloud hanging over his head. He needs to move on and deal with what led to his downfall. This was clearly self-inflicted and he used poor judgment all the way around. Bill Clinton lost his law license for lying under oath. What has happened today proves that no-one is above the law and should be brought to justice if they break the law. Kilpatrick called what has happened to him as a “lynch mob mentality” but my question is who had the affair and lied under oath? Who used poor judgment and cost the cash-strapped city of Detroit millions of dollars? Who used government property during his fling with Ms. Beatty? Who lied to his wife and the city? Who? The answer comes right back to Kilpatrick. I say, be a man and step down. You are a distraction and you, by way of your actions, has hastened your own downfall. Kilpatrick said that he will be vindicated in court once the truth comes out. Well, former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell said the same thing and guess who ended up behind bars? He needs to take responsibility for his part in this matter and let the city get on with its business. Just my thoughts, you be the judge……