Breaking news on the mayor of Detroit; he disregarded instructions by the court to get prior authorization before leaving the state of Michigan (not to mention the country) when he recently traveled to Windsor, Canada. The mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, said that he was traveling to Windsor to try to make a deal to save approximately 1,000 jobs in Detroit. He was under court order to get prior permission for traveling…either for personal or professional reasons. He chose to travel without that authorization. He apologized to the judge, Ronald Giles, saying that no one respected the legal process, that he was in, more than him. The mayor has admitted that he did in fact travel to Windsor and therefore violated the court order. The judge ordered him jailed for violating his court order of getting prior authorization. It is serious business when the mayor of a large metropolitan city chooses to operate outside of legal boundaries…as this case illustrates…a price has to be paid. This case has had a large impact on it’s community’s ability to function with any degree of efficiency. There is so much legal wrangling going on…how does any of the city’s business get addressed with any appropriate focus?
The prosecutor in the case appears to disagree with Mr. Kilpatrick’s level of respect; because, he told the court that all Mr. Kilpatrick had to do was call his cell phone number to get permission; he said that the court would not have disregarded a request for an emergency travel request; if it had been needed. When things heated up and the question was asked, “Who died?”…the lawyer for Mr. Kilpatrick said, the city of Detroit was sick; he was alluding to the fact that Mr. Kilpatrick was allegedly trying to save a $75 million dollar deal that would help to balance the city’s financial distress.
In other news, relating to the whole criminal proceedings…the defense lawyers for the mayor, have said that they will request that the criminal case be moved to the Wayne County Circuit Court rather than going through the preliminary process. The lawyers for his ex-aide, Christine Beatty, who has also been charged along with the mayor for obstruction of justice and perjury charges, will also make that same request of the court. Hopefully, this will help speed up the process, as the situation seems to continually get more out of control as time goes on.
With todays slap down by the Judge, the court is going to demand that more restraints be put upon travel by the mayor; and that, is going to make it more obvious that his ability to govern the city is severely hampered by his legal problems. He should step down out of respect for the people of Detroit. Update: On August 8th Kwame Kilpatrick was being released from jail, on restrictions such as no travel allowed outside of three county Detroit areas, he has to pay a $50,000 bond and he has to wear a GPS device to track his movements as well as paying . As he was in court, new state felony charges were brought against him regarding alledged assault on two detectives who were trying to serve subpeonas to witnesses in the orginal case agains Kwame Kilpatrick. Another new restriction set by the Judge today was that Kwame Kilpatrick is to have no contact with witnesses in the July 24th incident with the detectives. Here is another related story: https://writeasrain.wordpress.com/2008/07/08/detroits-motto/#more-440