Friday, August 22, 2008

Obama Superdelegate Rejects Plea Bargain

The Kwame Kilpatrick farce continues. Do the folks in Detroit realize what a laughingstock they are?
If Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resigns office by Sept. 3, the Attorney General's office will drop one of the felony charges against him, a representative from that office said this morning at his court arraignment.

But Kilpatrick's attorney James Thomas quickly rejected the offer after the hearing, calling it "gratuitous."

Kilpatrick stood mute and the court entered a not-guilty plea on the two felony charges he faces for an alleged July 24 altercation with investigators assigned to his perjury case.

Kilpatrick would have to plead guilty to the other felony as a part of the deal, the attorney general's office said at the court hearing. That would result in Kilpatrick automatically being booted from office and he would lose his law license.

Kilpatrick was charged by Attorney General Mike Cox with two felony counts of assaulting or obstructing a public officer by. The charges carry a possible two-year prison term and a fine of up to $2,000.

Doug Baker, special assistant attorney general, said the offer was timed to avoid Gov. Jennifer Granholm's removal hearings slated to start Sept. 3. Rusty Hills, a spokesman for the attorney general's office called the offer "a good deal for the people."

As Baker told the court about the offer, Kilpatrick shook his head 'no.'

There will be a court hearing Monday to hear arguments from Kilpatrick's attorneys on his bond restrictions. Kilpatrick is limited to travel within the tri-county area and is wearing an electronic tether. It is not clear if Kilpatrick attorneys are going to argue that he should be allowed to attend the Democratic National Convention, which starts Monday in Denver.
I really hope he goes. His good buddy Barack certainly doesn't want to see him in Denver.

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