March 24th, 2008
01:02 PM ET
15 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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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Goawayalready

    For the sake of what's left of Detroit he needs to step out of the Mayor's office and into prison attire.

    March 24, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Ted in Chicago


    No one says Bill Clinton did not lie

    The point there was in the opinion of those who supported him

    1. He deserved censure in the well of Congress
    2. Had the Repubclicans agreed the man would have received his just desserts for lying to the people
    3, The Republicans made it a political issue and pushed for the extreme death penalty – the impeachment of a sitting president. The only office holder voted in by all the people of this country
    4. That type of removal has constitutional rules that were being violated by the Republicans

    So again – two wrongs do not make a right

    But there was a correct punishment for Bill Clinton and that is the courts the courts and as Presidet – a rebuke and censure

    Impeachment was a reach not healthy for this nation

    And the DEMS are smart not to impeach Bush or Cheney for their flat out lies and sentence commutations that exceed the evil the mayor or Bill Clinton did

    March 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Ray Ito

    People who say that "his personal life means nothing to me" should elect an armed robber to a political office and see what happens to your treasury.

    Personal lives of elected leaders DO matter.

    March 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  4. Ray Ito

    He shouldn't be looking " forward to complete exoneration," but complete incareration.

    March 24, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. JB

    Democrat mayor Democrat mayor Democrat mayor!
    why wont you just say it?

    March 24, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Chuck in Oregon

    Maybe he should use Pres Clintons words! They worked for him.. Opps,... then again maybe they did not.

    March 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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