Detroit Mayor Sent To Jail

August 7, 2008


A judge ordered Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail Thursday for violating the terms of his bond in his perjury case by making a city business trip to Canada and not informing the court.

The mayor, who is accused of lying under oath in a civil case and faces eight felony counts, made the trip last month without telling the court in advance, leading the county prosecutor’s office to request Kilpatrick be punished.

Only minutes earlier, the mayor offered an apology to the court, telling District Court Judge Ronald Giles that for seven months, “I’ve been living in an incredible state of pressure and scrutiny.”

But Giles sent the mayor to jail anyway, telling him he would have given any defendant the same treatment.

“What matters to me though is how the court overall is perceived and how 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,” he said.

Circuit Court Judge Thomas E. Jackson said he wouldn’t hear an appeal by Kilpatrick’s lawyers until 9 a.m. Friday, meaning the mayor was to spend the night in jail.

The mayor’s chief of staff, Kandia Milton, will run the city while Kilpatrick is in jail, mayoral spokeswoman Denise Tolliver said.

Earlier Thursday, Kilpatrick waived his right to a preliminary hearing and will head to trial on perjury and other criminal charges that could land him in prison for up to 15 years.

Lawyers for the mayor and ex-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty asked Giles to waive next month’s preliminary examination. The criminal case now heads to Wayne County Circuit Court for trial.

Kilpatrick and Beatty are charged with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice. They are accused of lying about having an intimate relationship and their roles in the firing of a police official.

Both deny the charges.

Kilpatrick and Beatty denied under oath during a civil trial last year that they had a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003.

But excerpts of sexually explicit text messages recovered from Beatty’s city-issued pager and first published in January by the Free Press contradicted their testimony.

Giles asked the defendants during Thursday morning’s hearing if they freely agreed to waive their rights to a preliminary exam and both said they did.

The judge then set a circuit court arraignment date of Aug. 14.

The preliminary exam – a hearing where a judge determines whether there’s probable cause to hold a trial – had been set for Sept. 22.

After the issue of the preliminary examination was concluded, Assistant Wayne County’s Prosecutor Robert Moran then asked Giles to punish Kilpatrick over the trip to Canada.

The mayor went across the border last month to push the sale of the city’s half of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.

Kilpatrick was required to alert the court of all travel plans.

Moran asked Giles to modify Kilpatrick’s bond because of what he called a “flagrant” violation.

After a short recess, Kilpatrick stood and apologized to Giles, saying it wouldn’t happen again.

The judge then ordered a recess and came back with his decision. Kilpatrick stared directly at the judge with his hands clasped near his face as Giles announced his decision.

“I think it’s the most extreme measure he can take. I don’t agree with him,” defense lawyer James Thomas said.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Kilpatrick and Beatty less than two months after the Free Press published excerpts of the text messages. Fingerprinted with their booking photos broadcast across the country, the pair were accused of lying under oath about their relationship and about their roles in the firing of a police official.

More text messages released in April revealed the evolution of flirty and sexually explicit exchanges to professions of love and promises of marriage.

Kilpatrick and his high-priced team of attorneys have questioned the authenticity of those and other text messages, while fighting battles on several legal and political fronts.

A split city council voted in February to ask Kilpatrick to step down. The nine-member group later asked Gov. Jennifer Granholm to remove the mayor for misconduct and plans to hold forfeiture of office proceedings against him.

Through it all Kilpatrick has remained defiant.

Article by Corey Williams and Ed White
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Abu Ghraib Detainees Sue Contractors Over Torture

June 30, 2008


Former detainees of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq are suing U.S. contractors. The first complaint was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington. Others are being filed in Detroit, Michigan; Columbus, Ohio; and Greenbelt, Maryland.

According to the court papers, it is alleged that innocent people who were arrested and taken to the prison were subjected to forced nudity, electrical shocks, mock executions and other inhumane treatment by employees of defense contractors CACI International and L-3 Communications, formerly Titan Corporation.

The plaintiffs are represented by law firms in Philadelphia and Detroit and by the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright Keynote Speech For NAACP (Entire)

April 28, 2008

“I’m not here for political reasons…. I’m NOT running for the oval office, I’ve been running for Jesus a long long time” and the tone in the room was AMEN.

The keynote speaker for the NAACP 2008 dinner was the passionate Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s former pastor who ruffled feathers with past sermons (which were NOT played in their entirety).

Rev. Wright explained “divisive” and “different” during his speech. He explained the many differences between blacks and whites using music and song as examples. His tongue was sharp, his tone was clear and passionate with many humorous moments. The speech was aimed at many people of different faiths.

People need to get over the drama and focus on the now… the recked economy and recked moral fiber of the nation. Rev. Wright has many points all which are spiritual, political and social. With the help of a leader such as Barack Obama now may be the time to risk social growth and advancement. Perhaps now is the time to care about something or someone further than an arms length.

Video provided by CNN.com

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Woman Found Living With her Mummy

April 25, 2008

The partially mummified body of an elderly woman has been found on the kitchen floor of a house where her mentally troubled sister was living, police said.

Investigators believe the surviving sister had been living with the body for up to three years. They say the body was partially covered with newspapers and that a cat and dog apparently ate part of it.

The Detroit Free Press says authorities removed the surviving sister Wednesday night and took her to a crisis center. She is also aged in her 80s and appears to have mental problems.

Police say they went to the house after a neighbor called to express concern.

This story was found @ msnbc.msn.com

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“Mayor Charged, Bodies Found, Meat Plant Explodes, and Prior knowledge of Bridge Issues”

March 24, 2008

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