Kilpatrick’s Son Resigning as Detroit Mayor

Posted September 4, 2008 at 10:44am

Embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the son of Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), is resigning Thursday and will admit in court that he lied while under oath at a police whistle-blower trial, according to media reports.

Kilpatrick will plead guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice by committing perjury. He will agree to serve four months in jail, pay up to $1 million in fines and serve five years of probation. He will also lose his law license and must agree not to run for office during that five-year period.

Kilpatrick, a flamboyant politician, was ensnared in a case that stemmed from the firing of members of his security detail; the police officers accused him of firing them because they would not keep silent about the mayor’s affair with his former chief of staff. Kilpatrick denied the charges — and the allegations of the affair — but the Detroit Free Press later revealed that he had lied on the witness stand during the whistle-blower trial.

The scandal surrounding the mayor had a direct effect on Congresswoman Kilpatrick, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus who barely survived a tough primary challenge in August. The Congresswoman’s near-death experience was attributed to her vocal defense of her son.

Kilpatrick’s resignation will elevate another politician with Congressional ties. When Kilpatrick departs, City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. will become mayor, which means that City Councilwoman Pro Tem Monica Conyers — the wife of veteran Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) — will become the council president. If those family ties aren’t interesting enough, Cockrel is the son of a former Detroit city councilman and his stepmother also serves on the council.

Kilpatrick’s sentencing has been set for Oct. 28.