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Detroit mayor offered plea deal in assault case

Detroit mayor offered plea deal in assault case

A prosecutor made a surprising offer Friday to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick: resign by Sept. 3 in exchange for the dismissal of one of two assault charges.
Doug Baker of the Michigan attorney general's office made the disclosure during a routine arraignment for Kilpatrick on the charges in one of two criminal cases against him.
Kilpatrick attorney Juan Mateo told Circuit Court Judge David Groner he had just learned of the deal offer and was not prepared to respond. Another defense attorney, James Thomas, said after the hearing: "We're preparing for trial."
A not guilty plea on the assault charges was entered on the mayor's behalf. Kilpatrick did not speak in court.
The mayor is accused of shoving a sheriff's detective into another investigator while they tried to serve a subpoena on one of his friends on July 24.
Kilpatrick is a delegate to the Democratic National Convention next week in Denver. Thomas said last week the mayor is interested in attending but conditions of his bond in the assault case prevent him from traveling outside the metro Detroit area.
A hearing was scheduled for Monday on Kilpatrick's bond conditions.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jennifer Granholm is scheduled on Sept. 3 to consider a request from the Detroit City Council to have Kilpatrick removed from office.
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Associated Press Writer Ed White contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:20 GMT+08:00