Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is back in a Detroit courtroom, where he is expected to plead guilty today to two felony counts and leave office, a plea that would end a suffocating eight-month scandal that has entranced metro Detroit even as it has paralyzed it, reports the Detroit Free Press.
As it stood last night, the deal reported called for the mayor pleading guilty to two felonies — both counts dealing with obstruction of justice by committing perjury, four months in jail, $1 million in restitution, and five years’ probation during which he would not run for office. The mayor would turn over his state pension to the City of Detroit. James Thomas, one of Kilpatrick’s attorneys, said the mayor was negotiating jail time, which would be a change in Kilpatrick’s earlier reported stance that he would not agree to any deal that would put him behind bars. Earlier this week, prosecutors had offered the mayor six months in jail. That apparently was lowered to four months by last night.