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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  1. Lee

    As a former resident of Michigan I am glad to see this guy GO! Too bad Coleman Young was around so long too. Detroit is a corrupt and lawless city. Citizens need to pick a good replacement from their own ranks. Do not select someone that is already at City Hall. They are all just as bad.

    September 4, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. joe

    I love comming to the CNN blog because it is like a trip down the rabbit hole. This is a story about a disgraced mayor of Detriot and most people on this blog have managed to point the finger at the republicans, Palin, black injustice etc... WOW!!! you people really need to get a life.

    September 4, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Hockey Moms for Obama

    America needs to be cleaned up!!!

    ********************HOCKEY MOMS FOR OBAMA!!!!!*********************

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

    When I was a GI serving in Alaska. The party that Palins husband belongs to was regarded as a Radical anti American Separatist group.
    Gov. Palin is not a member in her husbands party but she attends their conventions and gives supporting speeches. If I had that type of affiliation I doubt I could have gotten a security clearance let alone run for VP.

    September 4, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Ron L

    I REPEAT... He got in trouble because he gave away
    in an effort to cover the affair.

    September 4, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Enlightened Voter:
    A. Kilpatrick committed perjury under oath.
    B. No one has indicted Bush/Cheney, including your precious Do-Nothing Democratic Congress led by Bozo's cousins Reid and Pelosi.
    C. In America it takes more than the pychotic rants of rabid liberals to send someone to jail. Maybe you Demo-Nazis should get your Constitutional lawyer candidate to explain it to you using small words.

    September 4, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Pat F

    It wasn't a sex scandal, and it wasn't about inappropriate texting. It was multiple counts of PERJURY!

    The City settled a whistle-blowers lawsuit by two cops who were fired by Kwame for $8.5 million. The cops said they were fired because they knew about the Mayor's affair with his chief of staff. Both the Mayor and the chief of staff denied, under oath, that they were having an affair. The text messages proved both that the two were having an affair and that the cops were fired precisely to cover that up.

    CNN=Certainly Not News.

    September 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Charla in TX

    what took this fool so long? is he a republican??

    September 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Slappy White

    Ten bucks says the dirtbag got in his absentee vote for Obama before the plea deal.

    September 4, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. milehiboy

    Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick ...... the Obama endorsed mayor. Enough said. Palin Power!!!

    September 4, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Shannon in California

    This is something he should have done a long time ago.

    September 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Peter of Oregon

    He did the crime, now he must serve the time...

    September 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. shan

    this guy should have resigned a long time ago. he's wasted a lot of time and tax money!!

    September 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Barbara

    You people have gotten so skewed

    HE endorsed Obama

    Obama DID NOT endorse him

    September 4, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Gary Chandler in Canada

    question is, at what point if at all was he informed of his Miranda rights?
    If somebody can NOT prove someone had an affair OR did steroids, which are not good things to do, if they can NOT force someone to incriminate themselves, WHY should they be allowed to CREATE and a hearing and FORCE people to testify against themselves or face perjury!?
    Same with what was her name? Martha Stewart. If she had said 'I refuse to answer on the grounds it may incriminate me, she gets a fine. trapped into answering a hearing she gets jail for perjury.
    It seems prosecutors have developed magic carpet to ride above their inabilities to get the goods on the ground.

    September 4, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. RealityKing

    The kind of leader Obama is proud to call a supporter...

    September 4, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Carl from MI

    'John McCain endorsed Kwame Kilpatrick'

    The above statement is just as true as saying Obama endorsed him.

    I wonder how many Republicans would go off the deep end if the media led with that above statement? It's OK for Republicans to dish it out like a bully, but they always go crying to their mommies when they get it dished out right back in their faces!!


    September 4, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Char-MI

    It is a big deal for those of us who live in the Detroit area. It is a relief to finally get some of the mess resolved, although it still might not be over! The corruption in the City of Detroit, is not only effecting the city, but the whole area, and even the entire State of Michigan. I for one am glad to see that this crook out of office. I think the sentence, is too light!

    September 4, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Christina P

    What a waste ... power breeds greed ... multiply him by 1,000 and you've got the White House, the Pentagon, the Capital, etc. Even Palin has her own "power" issues ...

    September 4, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. John

    The Mayor lied under oath and committed pergury on multiple accounts. He should have known better, especially for someone that has a license to practice law; which thankfully was taken away from him today.

    For those calling Bush and Cheney's head; you might as well do the same for most of those in Washington that voted for the attack on Iraq. There has been nothing proven that they did anything illegal. To say that they murdered millions and deserve to go to jail is just a ludacris statement. You might as well put our troops there too then. Like it or not, they have done nothing illegal (besides Cheney's whistle blower in the CIA leak case).

    September 4, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Shari, NY

    Shame on you! Go and sin no more!

    September 4, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Ben - Portland, Or

    Can we find some other word besides "embattled" to describe politicians who are caught with their pants down? Like "redhanded" As in "Redhanded mayor of Detroit..." finally saw the light?

    September 4, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Rhoda

    Another Obama buddy going down. Joining Alan Hevesi, Sharpe James, Mims Hackett, Norman Clarence and all the other liars and cheats among Democrats in big city governments. Wait for the Chicago machine to get hit.

    September 4, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Juan

    He's a DEMOCRAT isn't he??

    September 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Kim

    This is lame. Adultery is guilty from BOTH parties.

    McCain is guilty of cheating on his wife and has admitted that it was solely his fault. Get over it and talk about the issues.

    September 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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