Detroit Mayor Faces Raft Of Criminal, Civil Charges


A judge ordered the release from jail today of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, but he still faces a multitude of legal challenges, reports the Detroit News. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox is expected to announce criminal charges against Kilpatrick in connection with an incident in which he allegedly pushed a sheriff’s department officer attempting to deliver a subpoena at the home of his sister.

The mayor faces perjury and other felony charges brought by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. He also faces removal proceedings at the Detroit City Council and state level, a federal City Hall corruption investigation in which his father and some of his advisers are under scrutiny, and a raft of civil lawsuits in which he could be found liable or called to testify under oath. “It’s like he has nowhere to turn,” said defense attorney Neil Rockind. “You can’t go backwards, and as you go forward, you’re moving deeper and deeper into the box, and eventually someone pulls the stick out, and the box falls on you.”


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