Posted Aug. 13, 2008 – Embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick remains free after facing the same judge on Tuesday who ordered him to jail last week on a bond violation.
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A Detroit news outlet had published a photo of Kilpatrick at his mother’s home at the same time that his sister visited the house, raising questions of whether his presence there violated court restrictions. While facing separate perjury and abuse of office felony charges, Kilpatrick is accused of assaulting a sheriff’s deputy at his sister’s home last month; Kilpatrick was ordered to have no contact with witnesses in the case.
Judge Ronald Giles ruled that contact with the mayor’s sister was not a violation, even though she’s on the witness list. The restriction was intended to prevent the mayor from contacting his alleged victim in the assault, Giles ruled.
Kilpatrick spent a night in jail last week after admitting that he traveled to nearby Windsor, Canada on city business without first having notified the court.
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