Posted May 14, 2008 - A June court appearance on felony perjury charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his ex-chief of staff has been delayed until September while lawyers sort hundreds of thousands of text messages between the two.
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Christine Beatty resigned months ago and Kilpatrick faced a 5-4 Detroit City Council vote seeking his removal this week after a February Detroit Free Press exposé showed the married officials allegedly covered up an affair by disciplining cops. Kilpatrick and Beatty were charged with perjury and obstruction this year after the mayor settled with the police officers for $9 million in civil damages.
Both are accused of lying under oath about their relationship at a 2007 trial where the cops claimed they were disciplined for investigating the mayor.
The cops’ probe of Kilpatrick’s security detail would’ve allegedly revealed that bodyguards served Kilpatrick during times when he and Beatty, both married, were intimately involved.
Defense lawyers say they need time to examine 600,000 text messages between Kilpatrick, Beatty and other city officials dating back to 2003 when the pair allegedly communicated about their sexual adventures and alleged attempts to thwart the investigation.
The court appearance is set for Sept. 22.