March 24th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Detroit Mayor: 'I look forward to complete exoneration'

DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick defiantly declared his innocence just an hour after a prosecutor charged him with perjury and other felonies.

"This has been a very flawed process from the beginning," said Kilpatrick. "I look forward to complete exoneration."

Earlier Monday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy announced that she would charge Kilpatrick with multiple counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office in connection with accusations that Kilpatrick lied in court about a romantic affair and the firing of police officers.

Watch Kilpatrick's response to the charges

Related: Detroit to face felony charges


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  1. Amy, Kazoo

    Dear Mayor,

    You and your chief of Staff lied under oath about your affair. Kindly get your head out of your rear, you egomaniac. For once, do the right thing and step down.

    Smooches,

    Michigan resident.

    March 24, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Wolf

    who cares wolf report something constractive for a change. You are very critical for black people. I am starting to think you are a biggot.

    March 24, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Illinois

    Good luck with your "exoneration".....not gonna happen!

    March 24, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. AJ

    Oh brother – if he gets off the hook it will be a joke. It's high time this crook went to the pokie!!

    March 24, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. John

    Kwame, get over yourself... you're nothing but a joke..

    March 24, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. kathleen

    Ever since the O.J. trial, the media has been teaching our children to
    lie. LIE LIE THRU YOUR TEETH, JUST LIKE O.J. DID. HOW MANY
    PEOPLE IN OFFICE HAVE WE SEEN GET OFF "SCOTT FREE" BY LIES.

    NICE LESSON FOR OUR CHILDREN. WE CAN NAME THEM. WE
    KNOW WHO THEY ARE!!!!!!

    HILLARY AND BILL. BUSH CHENEY ARE FINE EXAMPLES FOR OUR KIDS AND GRANDCHILDREN. RIGHT? AMERICA.

    LIES BROUGHT OUR COUNTRY DISGRACE.

    OBAMA OR NO ONE FOR PRESIDENT. I WILL NEVER, NEVER VOTE
    FOR HILLARY. HALF OF AMERICA WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HILLARY

    March 24, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. The Austrian

    I look forward to a complete backfire!

    March 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Reality check #1

    Get out of office you crook!

    March 24, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Kurtis

    Here we go again...bringing down politicians because they lied about sex. Give me a GD (gosh darn) break already. I DON"T CARE ABOUT THEIR SEX LIVES, OR THEIR AFFAIRS, OR HOW ORALLY SATISIFED WHO AND WHERE!!!!!!

    Let's kill, kill, kill....but what ever you do, don't cheat on your spouse and then (surprise, surprise) lie about it. The Earth may stop spinning in space.

    March 24, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Jane

    Seriously, homeboy needs to exit stage left and call it a day. He even looks like he still got his hand in the cookie jar...

    March 24, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Hanging Chad

    Washington,DC voters re-elected Marion Barry, Detroit will do the same...

    March 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Baby Boomer from Michigan

    I don't think exonneration is the word, I think incarceration is more like it. Kwame has been balancing on the edge of cliff for a long time, I think he's finally going over the edge.

    March 24, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Ifeanyi Azubike Houston Texas

    We live in a time when the definition of qualification for public service has become too narrow that even saints will have reasonable problems navigating through it. Similarly the law courts are fast loosing their place as the bastion of hope of the citizenry as prejudicial bullying of acccused people has taken over from the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. I believe that the Mayor is entitled to his day in a law court and not in an unconstitutional court of unrepresentative public opinion, guided by a press that will always down play unfavorable comments.

    March 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Devil made me do it?

    And when all else fails, play the race card and Jesse, Al and Jeremiah (Reverends all) will preach from the high heavens that it is the mans fault.

    "His personal life means nothing to me", "define is", I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky", "I am not like that Tammy Wynette woman singing about standing by her man"........

    Between this guy, Rev Wright and more and more about Spitzer everyday, the Democrats are stealing the dirtbag headlines from the Republicans, big time.

    It is funny though, that when fellow dirtbag Larry Craig was getting headlines everyday for wiggling his piggies, it was ALWAYS, REPUBLICAN Larry Craig, but Spitzer and this dog don't get their political affilaition highlighted, hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    Nah, no bias here.

    March 24, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Mike in Houston

    He should contact Bill Clinton's attorney. He got the former president off the hook for perjury when he was president.

    March 24, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Kris

    Yes Mayor, fight on. I am sure it is a national conspiracy to take you down. Perjury? What perjury? Call Prof. Dershowitz of Harvard who can, I am sure, help you find a way out of the mess your enemies created for you while you were diligently trying to run a big city like Detroit. I am certain that there is an element of racism and bigotry behind all this and so the establishment cannot tolerate a person like you.

    March 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Bill Jergens

    How can you be exonerated if you used 9 million dollars of tax payer money to cover up your perjury?

    March 24, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Charles

    Hand in the cookie jar? He looks like he swallowed the cookie jar!!

    March 24, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. SPQR753

    Message to kathleen

    You wrote:
    "" HALF OF AMERICA WILL NEVER VOTE FOR HILLARY..."".

    How can you write such gnonsense? Do you have a crystal ball in the form and shape of a STIFF Martini dry? :-) :-)

    March 24, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  20. CMS, CA

    This guy has no shame...

    March 24, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. RENEA,PLYMOUTH,MI

    .I LIVE IN MICHIGAN. THE MAYOR LIED ON THE STAND ABOUT HIS AFFAIR.THAT LIE COST THE CITY 8 MILLION DOLLARS.IT COST TWO FINE POLICE OFFICER TO LOSE THERE JOBS.SO THIS IS NOT A CASE ABOUT PERJURY. IOOO MORE POLICE OFFICER COULD HAVE BEEN PUT ON CRIME RIDDEN STEETS OF DETROIT WITH THE 8 MILLION DOLLARS THAT WAS PAYED OUT IN ORDER TO KEEP THE MAYORS AFFAIR QUITE!

    March 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Gillis

    Text messages no matter how intimate, does not prove extra-marrital affair. PERIOD!!!

    To prove he lied, you have to really prove the afair existed.

    March 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. BG - Texas

    After reading/listening to Obama's speech on race relations and Rev. Jerimiah Wright's sermons(?), it's easy to see that it isn't nor was it ever the mayor's fault. It's just a sign of the times where the typical people would never understand and we must all be open to healing and cultural understanding.

    March 24, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Dawn

    It's not just the lying and text messaging. There was a $9 million settlement to a whistle blower lawsuit. This is a price that the city of Detroit can ill afford. Some people don't understand that it's not just a private matter. It's not like Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.

    March 24, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Chris

    You can stick a fork in him because he is DONE!!!

    March 24, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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