NEWS: “Hip-Hop Mayor” Kwame Kilpatrick Cops Plea Deal, Set To Resign

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Written By Cyrus Langhorne

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Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick has agreed to plead guilty on two felony charges in connection with a recent sex scandal earlier this year. He's set to resign after six years in office.

According to The New York Times, Kilpatrick has accepted the deal from prosecutors this morning (September 4) in exchange for a guilty plea to two felony counts of obstruction of justice. Under the terms of the plea bargain, the mayor will be ordered to pay $1 million in restitution to Detroit, spend 120 days in county jail and lose his law license and state pension.

“He understands fully the agreement and agrees to be bound by it,” attorney Gerald Evelyn said in court today.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Kilpatrick will have all other charges dropped that included perjury and misconduct in office. His resignation is expected to take effect within 14 days with Detroit Democrat City Council president Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. replacing him.

Aside from telling the judge “I lied under oath” Kilpatrick continued to make headlines throughout the summer as he was caught violating his bond last month while traveling. He also was charged with additional felony counts when Michigan attorney general Mike Cox claimed the mayor allegedly assaulted several police officers.

The mayor caught fire when his sexual relationship with his chief of staff Christine Beatty was discovered with over 4,000 exchanged text messages last year. After lying while on trial in order to cover up the affair, Beatty’s resigned in January.

Making history as the youngest mayor of Detroit, Kilpatrick was dubbed “ America’s hip-hop mayor” in 2003 by Russell Simmons’ while attending a Hip-Hop Summit in Detroit.

Kilpatrick’s sentencing will take place on Tuesday, October 28.

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I'd say that life gets better, but I'd be lieing. This guy will be butt of jokes for the next 20 years. Marion Barry smoked crack and had more supporters than this buffon.

Lesson to the Kids: Money makes you vulernable, not powerful.

The Hip-Hop Mayor just lost his pension, which would have kept him comfortable for the rest of his life, his law license, which would have kept him working for the next 15 years, his booty which will now be getting felt on in County Jail and his dignity which is now the property of mediocre comedians like Katt Williams.

By the way, you know he's crooked because he has a million dollars to give back. Obama didn't see his first million until after he spoke at the first DNC. Duke has been skimming from Detroit's coffers.

Black Politicians that pretend to be White Politicians = Clowns
Detroit County Jail = Circus

Big Dumb ass Nigga...His parents gave him his start in politics and now he has shamed their name.. I never respected this bafoon with his earring and Steve Harvey suits....Pimpin aint easy but fools STILL try to do it..

Dumb Nigga from politician to prison.

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