Mayhem has literally broken out on the streets of Detroit. Protesters have formed outside of city government offices with placards and voices screaming, “Free Kwame! Free our Mayor!” Dissension is in the air and the citizens of Detroit are at one anothers throats over the Mayoral Madness.
But could this all perhaps be a part of the master plan? What master plan, you ask? The plan to run away with a legal victory in favor of Kwame Kilpatrick. Far fetched? Could be. But the facts, however, proves the case.
Why would Mayor Kilpatrick knowingly break the statutes of his bond just to go across the bridge for a 90 minute meeting? Especially after Judge Giles had specifically told him not to appear before his court with another bond violation or else? Being the mayor of a large and thriving city, Kwame is used to the usual above and below board perks. Isn’t one of those perks being able to contact any judge in the city of Detroit, informing and requesting an okay to handle “emergency” city business? Does anyone really believe that a judge would turn down this request? As the mayor, what red tape existed that Kilpatrick patriots could not have cut in an expedited fashion to save a city in crisis?
Kilpatrick has top-notch legal representation that he pays enormous fees to, or so he alleges. Did he perhaps run this emergency past them? Did they agree to his scheme to run across the bridge to save the city of Detroit? Did they warn him of what would be the out-come if he violated the conditions of his bond?
Or did they encourage him to do so?
Ponder this: Prosecutor Kym Worthy has a pretty strong case against Kwame Kilpatrick. She has text-messages. She has public apologies. She has the resignation of Christine Beatty. She has piles and piles of testimony from the civil lawsuit that cost Detroit taxpayers nearly nine million dollars. She has an open and shut case for perjury and criminal misconduct. Any “Law and Order” fan will accurately surmise this. How can you beat a case with this much evidence?
Strategy. With all the media and citizen hoopla going on in Detroit, where will the Kilpatrick legal minds find an unbiased jury? A jury without passion or a jury who could really care less in the city of Detroit? EVERY ONE has an opinion in the ‘D.’ With Kilpatrick’s arrest yesterday, which made nationwide headlines, will it be hard to get a change of venue? Take the trial to Howell, or Flint, or Northville. Anywhere but Detroit. Anywhere the population is resistant and neutral to Kilpatrick and the climate can be manipulated.
Would Kwame Kilpatrick, who claims ”I listen to my attorneys,” go along witha plan that included an over-night stay in the Wayne County Jail, simply to deconstruct and prepare a whole new case, complete with new faces and places? If this is the plan, IF this is the plan, Kym Worthy gets part of her wish granted. It is true that the 36th District Court may lean a great deal towards the Kilpatrick administration. IF the hypothetical plan succeeds, then the motion to change venue is more than likely.
YET, taking the trial that has affected every living soul in Detroit for almost six years now, out of the city limits, PERIOD, is not a good thing. Maybe Kwame’s attorneys have found a way to beat an air tight case of solid truth with a technicality.
It happens all the time.
Contributed by Lavande’ & Chocolat Amer Staff Writer Shala-LaNice Stigler and Editorial Director Tracey Ricks Foster
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, jailed Thursday for violating his bond, was released on a new restrictive bond this morning by Judge Thomas Jackson. The terms of that modified restrictive bond includes a $50,000 cash bond, Mayor Kilpatrick will wear an electronic tether device and all travel, business or pleasure, will be suspended.
In other Mayoral news: Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox has formally charged Kilpatrick with two felony assault counts or obstructing an officer of the law. This occurred when Wayne County deputies attempted to serve a friend of the Mayor’s at his sister’s residence last month. Kilpatrick, present at the home, incited a struggle with the deputies. If convicted, Mayor Kilpatrick could face up to two years on each count and a $2,000 fine.
Detroit City Council members are meeting in their chambers at this hour discussing mayoral forfeiture proceedings. This meeting was scheduled before Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was shipped to the Wayne County Jail for violating his bond.
In a stunning twist of events, the Detroit City Council finds itself in a more poised position to successfully wrestle control of the City of Detroit from its’ embattled mayor. Governor Jennifer Granholm has agreed to begin mayoral removal proceedings on September 3rd, per the request of the Detroit City Council.
Late Thursday, Council President Ken Cockeral, Jr. said that it is a “very unfortunate saga that we hope draws to a conclusion real soon.” Barbara Rose Collins, Detroit City Council member expressed her feelings on the matter:
“I think he (Kilpatrick) should resign. I don’t like those Kilpatricks. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
Not wanting to get in the middle of the tug of war struggle between Detroit City Council and Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a war which has been raging for seven months now, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has decided to get her feet wet.
Thursday evening, a representative from the Michigan Governor’s Office announced that Gov. Granholm had indeed set a hearing date for September 3, 2008, in order to hear arguments regarding the removal of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office. More than likely, Gov. Granholm was forced to reconsider her neutral stance after the jailing of Kilpatrick Thursday.
Detroit City Council asked Gov. Granholm to intervene in the process of removing Kilpatrick from his mayoral duties soon after the mayor was indicted on misconduct and perjury charges stemming from the firing of three police officers, and an alleged affair with his top aide, Christine Beatty.