Tuesday, March 25, 2008

AP again fails to designate party affiliation for Kilpatrick

But they did tell us his mother is a Democrat.
Detroit Mayor to Be Arraigned Today

By COREY WILLIAMS
Associated Press Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- Six years after being sworn into office with hopes of revitalizing his troubled city, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is under increasing pressure to resign now that he's been booked on charges of lying about steamy text messages with his former chief of staff.

The former aide, Christine Beatty, went through the same booking process, the first step in criminal arraignments scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

Attorneys for Kilpatrick and Beatty said Monday their clients would be exonerated.

Both were accused of multiple counts of perjury, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and misconduct in a scandal that is threatening to prematurely end Kilpatrick's second term as mayor of Detroit, a city of 900,000 with deeply entrenched poverty made worse by the downturn in the auto industry.

Kilpatrick met with the leaders of several philanthropic organizations Tuesday morning, just hours before his arraignment.

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