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					  Detroit mayor gets 4 months in
  jail, resigns
  Kilpatrick also agrees to pay $1 million after pleading guilty
  in sex scandal




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updated 1:07 p.m. PT, Thurs., Sept . 4, 2008
DETROIT - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges
Thursday in a sex scandal, forcing him out of office after months of
defiantly holding onto his job leading the nation's 11th-largest city.
He was ordered jailed for four months and fined $1 million.

"I lied under oath," Kilpatrick said in court.

The plea deal brings to an end a seven-months-long ordeal that has
been a distraction for one of the nation's most troubled cities, which
suffers from some of the highest home foreclosure and
unemployment rates in the country, and has struggled for decades
against population loss, high crime and racial tension.

The Detroit city charter automatically expels any mayor guilty of a
felony.

A one-sentence letter signed by Kilpatrick and filed with the court
states his resignation will take effect Sept. 18.

City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. will succeed Kilpatrick as
mayor until a special election is held.

Cockrel has had months to prepare for the possibility of taking over
and made the rounds and shook hands at the Democratic National
Convention in Denver, saying he was ready for the job.

As part of Thursday's deal, Kilpatrick is to serve four months in jail
and five years of probation. The 38-year-old Democrat also would
pay the $1 million in restitution over the five-year probationary
period, cannot run for any elected office for five years and loses his
law license.

No contest plea in assault case
During a separate hearing moments after Wayne County Circuit
Court Judge David Groner accepted the mayor's plea, Kilpatrick
offered a no contest plea in an assault case.

The judge also accepted that plea, which called for Kilpatrick to
serve a four-month jail sentence that would run at the same time.

Kilpatrick had faced 10 felony counts in the two separate criminal
cases.

Groner asked Kilpatrick if he understood he was giving up the right
to be innocent until proven guilty.

"I gave that up a long time ago," Kilpatrick replied.

Kilpatrick also read a statement in court and admitted his guilt,
saying "I lied under oath ... I did so with an intent to mislead the
court and jury and to impede and obstruct the fair administration of
justice."

Allegations of an affair
The married mayor and former top aide Christine Beatty were
charged in March with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice.
They're accused of lying under oath about an affair and their roles in
the firing of a deputy police chief.

Beatty did not plead guilty and next will appear in court on Sept. 11.
Groner said a plea deal in Beatty's case appeared likely.

The mayor will be sentenced on Oct. 28. He will report to jail that
day, said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

"We did not give an inch and these conditions were basically to a
letter of what we wanted all along," she said.

Worthy said she was glad that Kilpatrick resigned but that was never
a "bargaining chip" for her. She said paying restitution and serving
time in jail were far more important.

"You don't just lose your job and walk away," she said.

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm described the events of the day
as "a sad but historic story" that's coming to an end.

"A public office is entrusted to the person who holds that office but
belongs to the people who are served by that office," she said.
She also suspended a hearing that she had started Wednesday to
determine whether he should be removed from office for
misconduct. The proceedings were rendered moot.

Until now, Kilpatrick had refused to resign even as the calls for him
to step down grew louder and the controversy overshadowed all else
at City Hall, tarnishing the national image of the much-maligned city
even more.

Police chief steps down
Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings, who was appointed by
Kilpatrick, announced her retirement Thursday, effective
immediately.

Kilpatrick leaves a mixed legacy. He persuaded big business to
invest in a city staggering from the auto industry's woes and a
decades-long exodus of people, but he failed to live up to a
promising political future due to repeated scandal.

The son of a Detroit congresswoman, Kilpatrick was just 31 when he
was elected in 2001, becoming the youngest mayor in city history.

His pro-Detroit rhetoric and diamond stud earring endeared
Kilpatrick to many blacks, especially young voters who embraced the
"Hip-Hop Mayor."

But Kilpatrick's first term was marked by political immaturity and
fiscal irresponsibility. He racked up thousands of dollars in travel on
his city-issued credit card and the city's lease of a luxury Lincoln
Navigator for his wife, Carlita.

Less than a year into the first term, rumors surfaced of a wild party
involving strippers and members of Kilpatrick's security team at the
mayor's mansion.
Former Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown filed a lawsuit in 2003,
claiming he was fired for looking into the alleged party and
investigating the actions of the mayor's bodyguards.

During the 2007 trial, Kilpatrick and Beatty sat in the witness chair
and denied having a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003.

Text messages were undoing
But a bombshell rocked Detroit in January: The Detroit Free Press
published sexually explicit text messages recovered from Beatty's
city-issued pager that contradicted their courtroom denials.

He and Beatty were charged with perjury and other felonies.

More text messages released in April revealed the evolution of flirty
and sexually explicit exchanges to professions of love and promises
of marriage.

In May, the City Council asked Granholm to remove Kilpatrick from
office, saying it was misled into approving a $8.4 million settlement
with Brown and two other officers. Council members said they didn't
know about provisions to keep the text messages under wraps.

In July, a sheriff's detective trying to serve a subpoena on a
Kilpatrick friend said he was shoved by the mayor. Assault charges
followed.

The next month, a judge ordered the mayor to jail for violating the
terms of his bond by traveling to Canada. He was released the next
day, but the incident prompted some politicians and community
leaders who had remained silent on the scandal to call for his
resignation.

				
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