March 24th, 2008
12:04 PM ET
14 years ago

Detroit mayor to face felony charges

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick reportedly sent romantic texts to his chief of staff, contradicting earlier testimony."]
DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - A Wayne County prosecutor said Monday she will seek felony charges against Detroit's embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick, who is married, has been snarled in a well-publicized sex scandal since January after The Detroit Free Press reported he exchanged romantic text messages with his then-chief of staff, Christine Beatty.

The newspaper report contradicted testimony Kilpatrick gave in a court case brought by police officers against the mayor and the city of Detroit for misconduct in the mayor's office. The case alleged the mayor retaliated against the officers for their role in investigating his office. Critics alleged that Kilpatrick committed perjury and called for his resignation.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said that "even children understand that lying is wrong. Witnesses must give truthful testimony."

Worthy said she will seek perjury, official misconduct and obstruction of justice charges.

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Really

    If this effects Atlanta,GA then I'm interested if not who cares not my issue. Let's stick to the important stuff like Jobs, the War the economy that's what's important to me, I really don't care about this at all

    March 24, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Yo, homie, y'all ain't helpin' Brutha Obama much with your antics.

    March 24, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. Marc

    This Mayor is a Bozo and i'm black and want to see justice served. Go to YouTube and type in Hillary the Movie and oh man you will be shocked. This movie is no lie and Hillary is doing her best to stop it from airing. Trust me, you Hillary fans will be shocked and once again, I just have to say, Thanks Ohio! You have screwed us once again in bringing this country out of trouble. Maybe if you stop voting for people just cause of there skin color, we can move on from all of this hatred.

    March 24, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |

    as an african american, i could care less about this story. If the mayor was wrong, prove it and get rid of him. end of story

    March 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Maria

    If you did it Mr. Kwame face up to it. You are doing a great injustice to blacks in politics, and you should know better. Have you not learned anything from Bill Clinton or Spitzer? You should be ashamed if you have abused your power in such a way!

    March 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |

    if he was not wrong and it cannot be proved. leave him alone

    March 24, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Dave

    Why is there no mention of what party affiliation he represents? If he was a republican there would no doubt be a giant (R) next to his name..

    March 24, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. Ian

    It's a sad day when the 9th most popular story is that the U.S. death toll in Iraq has reached 4000. Seriously, 9th? What a sad day for our service men and women. I'm sure you'll get back to them when you can take your mind off of your wallet again.

    March 24, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. A.F. Cook, Arlington, VA

    It's called "equal opportunity" scandal. Everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions, whether their name is Kwame Kilpatrick or Eliot Spitzer, David Vitter or Larry Craig.

    There's this guy named David Paterson - NY's new governor - who seems to know how to handle this stuff. Get help, and get honest. What a concept.

    March 24, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Arkay, MI

    No one is above the law. I am glad the prosecutor's office did not yield to politcial pressure and decided to prosecute him.

    March 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Mike

    This guy is an idiot... what is going on in Michigan???

    March 24, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Bowie

    Another One Bites the Dust.

    March 24, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. koo

    i thuink kwame should have known better regarding his position.
    but to me he sould be allow to carry on with his job because there is no direct effect on his performance.

    March 24, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. s.b.

    So is this one less super delegate for Obama?

    March 24, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. alexvega

    What political party is he affiliated with? It can't be Republican, otherwise it would state that, I'm sure. Attaboy CNN, keep playin' into the stereotyping of you.

    March 24, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Balanced News?

    Strange that the always balanced, and self-proclaimed middle-of-the-road, CNN never lists that he is a Democrat. That is usually the first thing said in an article about a Republican involved in a scandal.

    March 24, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. Arkansas Undertaker

    Mayor Kilpatrick,
    Just give it up resign and move on! They got you over a barrel!

    March 24, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. SecondSage

    I'm getting tired of these allegations over sex. Bush is committing treason. The Air Force is outsourcing defense. Leave Kwame alone.

    March 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Just say NO to OBAMA

    Marc you are an idiot !!!!! Learn to spell

    March 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Ilene

    Prosecutor Kym Worthy deserves high praise for her guts to go forward with this against this corrupt mayor and his corrupt office and his corrupt police dept. You go girl!!!!!

    March 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |