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August 07, 2008

Detroit mayor sent to jail

Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) just narrowly survived her primary on Tuesday, but her scandal-plagued son — the mayor of Detroit — is finding himself in even more hot water.

A Wayne County judge sentenced Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail after he traveled across the Canada border on a business trip — a violation of the terms of his bond.

Kilpatrick is facing eight felony counts for lying under oath about engaging in an extramarital relationship with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty. The perjury charges stem from a 2007 trial in which a jury ruled that Kilpatrick unfairly dismissed two city employees who were investigating him.

From the Detroit News:

A judge on Thursday ordered Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail, shocking the city and plunging the leadership of the nation's 11th-largest city into uncertainty.

Despite a plea from Kilpatrick that invoked his sons, his respect for the judicial process and his love of the city, 36th District Judge Ronald Giles was unmoved. He revoked Kilpatrick's bond, ordering him to jail on a bond violation for a July 23 trip to Windsor.

As Kilpatrick's lips quivered, Giles ended a short speech by concluding: "If it was not Kwame Kilpatrick sitting in that seat, if it was John Six-Pack sitting in the seat, what would I do? That answers something. So I go back to my original, 'Keep it simple.'

"That's what I have to do. ... The court is revoking your bond, that all travel be suspended, and two, that you to be remanded to Wayne County Jail."