Kilpatrick Charged With New Crimes

Life isn't getting any better for Detroit's Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Yesterday he went to jail for violating his bond conditions. Today he was charged "with two felony counts of assaulting or obstructing a police officer" for an incident that occurred on the day after he violated his bond by traveling to Canada without the court's permission.

Moments before Mr. Cox’s announcement, a circuit court judge, Thomas E. Jackson, allowed the mayor to be released from jail after posting a $50,000 cash bond. He also took away the mayor’s travel privileges and ordered him to wear a global-positioning tether.

But Mr. Kilpatrick, 38, who is in his second term as mayor, could soon be headed back to jail, as assault charges would be another bond violation.

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    This was pretty ugly (none / 0) (#2)
    by Steve M on Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 02:15:39 PM EST
    When the alleged incident happened, the prosecutor decided to pass the buck to the state Attorney General's office to decide if charges should be filed.  The outcome was predetermined, not only because the allegations against Kilpatrick are pretty clearcut, but also because the AG is a Republican.

    In Michigan, running against Detroit is always a winner for Republicans, and always a gigantic headache for Democrats, who can't get elected to statewide office without Detroit turnout.  That's surely one of the reasons why Gov. Granholm has been stalling for time on a pending request to exercise her constitutional authority and remove Kilpatrick from office.

    It's pretty much getting to that point anyway, with two separate sets of felony charges now pending.  Granholm is probably just hoping that the guy will jump so she doesn't have to push him.  It's really a sad situation and the entire city of Detroit is slowly twisting in the wind.

    I don't see him resigning (none / 0) (#3)
    by cmugirl on Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 02:52:42 PM EST
    When this story first broke, Kwame said he wouldn't step down because he was doing God's work.

    The pressure is on the Governor now to do something and do it quickly.  


    Well (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Steve M on Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 03:19:03 PM EST
    Not to be crass, but Hillary was taking it to the convention, too.  Come to think of it, so was John Edwards.

    Kwame Kilpatrick is an uncommonly stubborn man but everyone has their breaking point.  The thing is, everyone realizes that it's just so much better for everyone if he resigns himself rather than making the Governor do it.  The outcome is obviously inevitable either way.

    I don't know if he can possibly fool himself into thinking he can beat both raps.  Assault on a sheriff's deputy?  Good luck, Mr. Mayor.


    Today (none / 0) (#7)
    by cmugirl on Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 03:30:46 PM EST
    The judge forbade him from leaving town, which means he cannot take his planned family vacation in Flordia, and he is forbidden from attending the Democratic Convention (probably a good thing for Obama, I guess).  

    Now we just have to wait and see how long it takes before they find some proof to link him to the murder of the woman who was an exotic dancer at the alleged Manoogian Mansion party.


    Actually (none / 0) (#6)
    by Steve M on Fri Aug 08, 2008 at 03:19:20 PM EST
    The primary is over.  She won.  Barely.