Posted March 26, 2008 – Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff have been arraigned on numerous felony charges, ranging from perjury to misconduct in office.
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The cases stem from civil lawsuits filed last year by two former cops who were connected with an investigation of rumors that officers with the mayor's security detail filed excessive overtime hours, including for working the alleged party, and on other occasions when Beatty and Kilpatrick were allegedly together romantically.
Both Beatty, now divorced, and Kilpatrick denied under oath that they had an affair at the 2007 civil trial for ex-officers Gary Brown and Harold Nelthorpe. Despite the denials, a jury awarded the men, plus a third officer, a judgment of over $8 million.
One of Kilpatrick's misconduct charges stems from an alleged attempt by the mayor to keep public records of romantic text messages between him and Beatty from the knowledge of Detroit City Council, which later approved the money settlement. A January Detroit Free Press article in January detailed excerpts of the text messages allegedly sent between Kilpatrick and Beatty, which helped launch a two-month prosecutor's investigation.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says additional charges may be forthcoming against city officials who allegedly refused to cooperate with the criminal probe. Beatty and Kilpatrick are expected to go to trial in June, just days from Kilpatrick's 38th birthday.
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