It appears that Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick wanted to avoid getting the boot by Gov. Granholm. Before my Governor could convene a meeting that would decide whether or not to remove the mayor, Mr. Kilpatrick decided to plea for a deal.
From the Detroit Free Press:
In a courtroom this morning, Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstructing justice by committing perjury. He will spend four months in jail, pay up to $1 million in restitution, and serve five years' probation. He also agreed not to run for office during that five-year span.Although not part of the agreement, pleading guilty to those felonies will also cause Mr. Kilpatrick to lose his law license. Despite these setbacks, it’s foreseeable that this guy is going to be reentering the public square soon enough. He’s still has his supporters in Detroit for some reason.
In addition, the mayor agreed to a no-contest plea to one count of felonious assault for shoving a sheriff's deputy in July who had tried to serve a subpoena on Kilpatrick's friend…
The deals also call for Kilpatrick to turn over his state pension to the City of Detroit, which paid $8.4 million to settle two whistle-blower lawsuits three former cops filed against the city. The mayor was charged with eight felony counts ranging from conspiracy to perjury to misconduct in office to obstruction of justice after the Free Press revealed in January that the mayor lied on the witness stand during a police whistle-blower trial and gave misleading testimony about whether he intended to fire a deputy police chief investigating allegations of wrongdoing by members of his inner circle.
Anyways—‘bout damn time!