Posted Aug. 7, 2008 – Despite his apologies to 36th District Court Judge Ronald Giles at a hearing this morning, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will spend the night in Wayne County Jail after he made an unauthorized trip out of the country.
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Photos of Kilpatrick – who faces criminal perjury and abuse of office charges for his alleged involvement in a City Hall cover-up – recently showed the mayor in Windsor, Canada on business for Detroit. But the mayor admitted to Giles that he violated terms of his bond by leaving Michigan without permission, due to what he called the urgency of a deal involving negotiations over the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
“I don’t believe that that’s more important than these court proceedings,” Kilpatrick told Giles. “I respect this process more than I’ve ever respected any process in my life.”
The mayor told the court that the tunnel deal could help save 2,000 Detroit jobs, and that he was eager to address the matter in the interest of city. But Kilpatrick is restricted from traveling without the court’s approval because he allegedly lied under oath last year by denying that he and ex-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty had an extra-marital affair and that they disciplined two ex-cops whose investigation into city expenses may have uncovered the romance.
Giles ordered Kilpatrick remanded to the County’s custody at the end of the morning hearing, saying: “Mayor, I hear what you’re saying, but I made it very clear from the beginning that this court comes first, even above any business that the city has to carry out.” Kilpatrick, who showed no reaction, is expected to spend the night in jail until an appeal can be heard on Friday morning.
The mayor’s lawyers and lawyers for Beatty, who also faces perjury charges, waived their clients’ rights to a preliminary hearing on the criminal charges Thursday. But Jim Parkman, Kilpatrick’s lawyer, says there won’t be a change in their strategy, despite Kilpatrick’s bond revocation. In recent weeks, Kilpatrick has also been charged with assault for allegedly pushing a sheriff’s deputy who visited his sister’s house seeking to deliver a subpoena to Kilpatrick’s long-time friend. “My life has been revolutionarily transformed and it’s transforming in front of the eye of these media people who don’t know me at all,” he told the judge. Giles’ decision to make the mayor of Detroit a jail inmate has transformed Kilpatrick’s life even more.
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