September 4th, 2008
01:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Detroit mayor agrees to plea deal in text scandal

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has agreed to resign from office, a prosecutor said Friday."]
DETROIT, Michigan (CNN) - Embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty Thursday to charges resulting from a sex scandal and is to resign from office, a prosecutor said.

The resignation won't take effect for 14 days, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said outside the courthouse.

Kilpatrick will go to jail on October 28, the day of his sentencing, and serve 120 days, she said.

The mayor pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court to two counts of obstruction of justice.

"I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope versus the city of Detroit," Kilpatrick said, reading from a prepared statement.

"I did so with the intent to mislead the court and jury and to impede and obstruct the fair administration of justice."

Circuit Judge David Groner accepted a no-contest plea on an assault charge.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. randy

    Another dirt ball cheating on his wife democrate.

    September 4, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Chitown

    Could this be fore-shadowing for Barack. HMM, they support each other?????

    September 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Derrick - Texas

    And somehow, the blog trolls will make this Obama's fault.

    September 4, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. DEE

    Sad but so.

    September 4, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. People make no sense

    Didn't Clinton do the same thing?

    September 4, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Helen

    Well, he is in Bubble's hand name. (new cell mate)

    September 4, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. People make no sense

    Didn't Clinton do the same thing? What's the name of the jail that he went too?

    September 4, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. michael vito

    what is the deal with the BET channel showing the dems convention and not showing the republican conventon, i think that is very bias what there are no black republicans, I refuse to watch that station. I am happy palin ripped him up, my daughter could run the country better than obama,he is an empty suit

    September 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. proud army and navy mom

    Just another day at the office for the Democrats........ Should have been Obama next to Rezko

    September 4, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. William

    I just wish men would think more about the issues and less about the pleasures of life.

    September 4, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Robert

    This was brought about by the Democratic governor of Michigan calmly initiating a hearing on whether to remove him from office.

    Cleanly, diplomatically but totally effectively, we Democrats know how to remove the embarrasments in our party.

    I am thrilled he is gone.

    Meanwhile, Larry Craig is still a US Senator.

    September 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Pat F

    Spencer from VA, I am a Republican from Detroit, and I am not jumping for joy. This is just more shame brought on by corrupt Democrats.

    Only a Democrat would jump for joy at the humiliation of his city. Spencer, stay in VA and keep your comments about Detroit to your ignorant self.

    September 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. The Bush Twins : George and John

    Have to agree with ENLIGHTENED VOTER'S comment. Well said.

    September 4, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. proud army and navy mom

    Move along people nothing to see here.....Just another Democrat lying under oath about an affair.

    Oh wait I am sorry that is his personal life we should really leave him alone

    September 4, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Everyman

    He'll be re-elected when he gets out, just ask Marion Barry.

    September 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Felons for Obama

    Kwame, we missed you in Denver last week. Good luck.

    September 4, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Nelson Colorado Springs Co


    September 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Ron L

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH CNN...This is not about sex. This is about a Mayor doing an end run and making a 8 MILLION dollar settlement to hide the affair. The REAL issue is the settlement, not the sex. If he had not done the settlement, he would not have had to go through this.

    September 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Bob

    I hope that Gov. Palin does not fall in the footsteps of Kwame and Edwards. The Enquirer released a story on Sept.3 alledging Marital Infidelity between Gov. Palin and a business partner of Mr. Palin. The Republicans have threatened a law suit but the Enquirer has not backed down and said a follow up story is coming. When the Enquirer told the truth about the Edwards affair. No media would touch it until after the vote. Yet the Enquirer was proved correct. I hope this is not going to happen again. All of this scandel is depressing.

    September 4, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    serve 120 days but get out after 2 or 3 days.This man was going to do good things according to Obama. I don't even want to know who would be on his cabinet.

    September 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. VA Voter

    And yes, it was a text scandal. He was caught sending inappropriate text messages via Blackberry to a co-worker.

    Unfortunately, you can do the same thing and worse with cigars and the like in the highest office in the land and only get impeached and not convicted, but if you're Black you go to jail.


    September 4, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Gary Chandler in Canada

    I don't get how the right to NOT incriminate oneself is being breached in America!?
    When these sports figures get called to 'hearings', they are FORCED to answer questions that may incriminate themselves, then they done for perjury.
    I think ALL charges of perjury should not be allowed against Kilpatrick. He was having an 'affair', which is NOT great, but the I cannot figure why a person should be FORCED to testify against themselves.
    If somebody can prove somebody did steroids or had an affair, but to give them the choice of admitting or facing perjury is beyond the PALE.
    They use a sidewinder to take away the right to no incriminate oneself.
    The guy gets 4 years, 1 million dollar fine, loss of law license, for having an affair!!!??

    September 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Herman In LA

    What happen to the white guy Eliot Spitzer in New York that got caught up in the sex scandles?

    Sounds like double standards to me...

    September 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Barbara

    Get rid of all politicians that lie lie lie lie lie – and then expect us to cater to them.

    Get them out of office !!!!!!! We don't need lies, distortions, un-truths, hate and smear. Clean 'em out !!!

    September 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  25. B

    So sad 🙁
    He was the guest speaker at my graduation last year. Oh well, moving on.

    OBAMA '08

    September 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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