March 24th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
10 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

Filed under: Kwame Kilpatrick
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. JJ in NY

    Lacking any reference to political affiliation, let me take a wild guess that this bum is a democrat. This always seems to be the case when the dominant liberal media protects its own .

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

    That's why women should better a leader than men. Male polticians are more corrupted than female politicans.

    March 24, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Linda Moore

    Obama supporters are so full of hate!!!!!!!!!! As an Hillary supporter I refuse to be like you!

    March 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Levae

    You are the Mayor and the people of your city trust that you will do everything right. Just divorce your wife if your not happy.

    March 24, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Amy, Kazoo

    Kurtis- it wasnt the CONTENT of the lie, it was the fact that he lied under oath. In addition, that very same trial was one that ended up costing the citizens of detroit 9 million dollars. It was an investigation into whether the mayor was using state issued phones, and security detail to cover up his personal extra-marital affair. it was about MISUSE of government property. It was about corruption. It wasn't about the affair itself, it was about all he did to conceal it, including this lying under oath. He's cost these people, people who can NOT afford additional taxes MILLIONS. It's something that is not to be swept under the rug.

    March 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Democratic Pastor

    Time for democrats to unite. Time for democrats to stop fighting between ourselves. We all know that Obama has won twice as many states as Hillary, and won almost a million popular vote than Hillary. Mathematically hillary cannot win the nomination against the will of the people. Even the big states that Hillary claims to have won, it's not a huge margin. The media is trying to divide the democrats based on issues like race & comments from Obama's former Pastor. I am a pastor myself, I am white, 45 years old, What Obama's pastor said was completely true, he was referring to the injustice America has commited in killing of innocent people. We all talk about 4000 american troops killed. Is anyone, as a christian, thinking about the millions of Iraqi civilians killed in this war ? The Media is silent on these things. If Jesus Christ was here right now, he will say the same things as Obama's former pastor said. It doesn't mean Obama's former pastor is not patriotic, from a pastor's standpoint, I understand his words. The media should stop being a negative propaganda. We all know that Hillary, McCain & Bush all were responsible for this war. The only true candidate I respect is Sen. Obama. We as a nation fought this war for no reason. Iraq had no WMDs, it was not responsible for 9/11. It's a huge mistake commited by our current administration. It's the responsibility of the news media to bring this information out to the public. We have killed almost one million people in Iraq so far. Every Christian out there, think for yourself, is this what the Christ preached us ? God Bless you all

    March 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    His first call should be to Bill Clinton – Bill was able to get away with perjury and didn't serve a day in prison....and there are people who will support the Clintons to the end....the Mayor needs to listen to Bill....there are even those who are talking about putting up another one....omg...

    March 24, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Candi South Carolina

    Man you are a disgrace to your family.Leave that job because you have ruin your life and your young children. Think about your family and move on before you are with the one you cheated with. Your wife is a strong women, because if it was me, you would be outside begging for food and shelter. No women should be treated like this. When your pants over rule your mind, you get what you deserve. No love here. I hope your family can move on and beyond all this mess.

    March 24, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. D-MI


    This is hardly bout Kilpatrick's sex life: it is far more the case of a notoriously corrupt (and completely unqualified) politico who has used his office for personal profit since he was sworn in. Kilpatrick has treated the entire city of Detroit as a personal kingdom and the citizens of Detroit as serfs who exist to pay tribute. This time, however, he has been charged with a criminal felony, and I personally hope he is run out of the city, and takes his mother with him...

    March 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. s.b.

    But does Obama lose a super delegate as Kwame has endorsed him?

    March 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. NYC, NY, New Yorker

    Apparently This guys is a obama supporter.
    The Unsavory Character are coming out of the woodwork. That support Obama

    NY Gov. Paterson – Had Affairs
    This Guy – Sexual Harssment
    Governor of IL. = Corruption
    Tony Rezko= Fraud
    Wright= Racist – Anti-American

    A guy that try to be a new type Candiate is just a politican.

    March 24, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Karen in Wayne County MI

    Finally – someone I can be proud I voted for – Kim Worthy!!!

    March 24, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Bob

    well now appears the 2012 democratic ticket is set...... The Dems have quite a few "experienced woman ready from day one"


    Spitzer/Kilpatrick 2012

    March 24, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. The truth shall set you free!

    Don't hold you breath waiting. Maybe Bubba can ask Reverend Wright to come and say a prayer for you?

    March 24, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. gary

    He sounds to me like another Obama. Lie to the country , get caught ,than cover it with a speech. I dont trust Obama with my dog's life, no more than the countrie's. Go HRC

    March 24, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. CARRIE

    Uh, So when are Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell going to be charged with lying to the American People, how about Karl Rove, is he behind this, sure sounds like a Rove dirty trick,

    March 24, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Jack

    Yeah, right. Another corrupt official. We ask these individuals to run our cities and country but we also need to ask that they be role models for our children.

    March 24, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. common sense

    It's funny how everyone is attacking Kilpatrick but yet these same people don't look at the Spitzer situation through the same lense. I don't support mayor Kilpatrick but I do know for a fact that prostitution is illegal in this country yet we don't hear about criminal charges in the Spitzer case. Infact the actual prostitute involved is becoming a star with a bright future. In an equal society you same people would be calling for every wh*re and john in the Spitzer case to be prosecuted but that will never happen. Then you wonder why so many feel there are two Americas.

    March 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. kelly WI

    "typical black dem guy".
    No wonder Detroit is such a mess.
    How many Americans murdered in this country over the last 5 years?
    Obama is a Sharpton, Jackson, Wright clone. just wearing a different mask.
    Hillary's a big time liar. Ireland, Bosnia, and on and on and on.
    This was the reason she put up with Bills antics over 40 years. Her master plan. He owes her big time.
    McCain 08

    March 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. SecondSage

    This is a political witchunt. The same thing that happened to Spitzer. Spitzer was about to blow the whistle on sub-prime mortgages. The machine took him down. Kwame was probably doing something similar. I guess he has to go to. Bush and Cheney gets away with treason and the democrats get thrown under the bus for sex. America really has its priorities in order.

    March 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Tex

    His denials remind me of Bill's folly! What was it Bill said as he wagged his finger "I did not have sex with that woman!"
    Give me a break!

    March 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Ted in Chicago

    I think he should leave office – the info is all in emails

    I do not understand how people fight evidence like that

    March 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Nate, MD

    To kathleen- No one cares who your voting for. Obama will be the worst thing to ever happen to this country. He's just as crooked as this guy. Bad bad politics.

    March 24, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Naija for life

    Kwame why don't you have dignity and resign it is bad enough you have to lie under oat and you are talking of exoneration. did you check your dictionary to see the meaning. my heart goes out to the wife and kids

    March 24, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Ray Ito

    You never know – it could be that Kilpatrick brought a youthFULL hormonal rush to the mayoral office.

    And with lot's of Viagra and Cialis, and some hip-up beats out there these days you never know....

    We've heard "I never had sexual intercourse with that woman"- speeches before which turned out to be lies. You never know,,,covers are being snatched off politicians these days. Being a politician is fast becoming one of the most dangerous jobs because a lot happen in 24 hours – you never know, but now you know Kilpatrick is still in "denying" mode for his "honor." What an "honorable" mayor.

    March 24, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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