Updated with latest information and a new video.

Kwame Kilpatrick, mayor of Detroit, Michigan is spending the night in jail. For months, embroiled in a torrid sex scandal, he was placed under arrest today for violating a provision of his bond forbidding him from leaving the country.




A Detroit judge ordered embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick jailed for a recent unauthorized trip he made to nearby Windsor, Canada, violating the terms of his bond. This latest incident seems certain to ramp up efforts to force his resignation, which he so far has stubbornly resisted. Why can’t this man just go away?

The scandal-plagued mayor pleaded in court for another chance, explaining that he had made the unauthorized trip on city business. And when he did, the smackdown occurred:

“I thought I made it clear to you that this court comes first in everything,” Wayne County District Court Judge Ronald Giles told the beleaguered mayor in court shortly before ordering him detained.

Kilpatrick was indicted in March for lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff and firing a police officer investigating reports of a wild party at the mayor’s mansion. I’m sure you remember the sordid details.

He faces eight felony counts ranging from conspiracy to perjury to misconduct in office to obstruction of justice.

The charges were filed after Kilpatrick abruptly instructed the city to settle a wrongful dismissal lawsuit by three police officers who said they were fired while investigating wrongdoing by the mayor and his security personnel.

UPDATE: Today, after spending the night in the Wayne County Jail, Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick appeared on a television screen in 36th District Court to face felony assault charges stemming from an altercation with Wayne County law enforcement officers trying to serve a subpoena last month.

The new charges stem from a July 24 altercation with Wayne County Sheriff’s Detective Brian White, who testified that Kilpatrick shoved him into his partner at the mayor’s sister’s house in Detroit. Kilpatrick’s lawyers said the mayor gently escorted White away from the house.

“We are charging defendant Kwame Kilpatrick with assaulting … police officers in the furtherance of their duties,” Attorney General Mike Cox announced in a news conference this morning.

Kilpatrick entered a not guilty plea and posted 10% of a $25,000 bond for the new charges. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Aug. 15. The charges each carry a penalty of up to two years in prison upon conviction.

If he is convicted of a felony, he would automatically be removed from office. I guess I will believe that when I see it happen.





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