Governor To Decide Kilpatrick's Fate

Published August 27, 2008

Posted Aug. 27, 2008 –Kwame Kilpatrick's mayoral career in Detroit – at least what’s left of it – now rests in the hands of the governor. 

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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Tuesday that she may use a provision in the state constitution to have him removed from office for misconduct, The Associated Press reports.

The Detroit City Council had asked the Democratic governor in May to use her executive powers to force the Democratic mayor from office. 

Council members accuse the hip-hop mayor of misleading them into approving a multi-million-dollar settlement with three fired police officers. The council contends it was "hush money" to keep secret thousands of text messages that revealed a romantic relationship between the mayor and his top aide. The two of them had denied a sexual relationship. However, the sexually explicit text messages between Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, made public in The Detroit Free Press in January, contradict their denials. 

The hearing is scheduled for Sept. 3.

Kilpatrick's attorney, Sharon McPhail, says she's "very disappointed" that Granholm chose to hold such a hearing. 

Earlier, McPhail had asked Granholm to, in McPhail's words, "decline to join the lynch mob." Still McPhail says she'll present evidence that "proves the mayor did not misuse public funds for personal gain."

Written by BET-Staff

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