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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. But Kilpatrick rejected the deal.
Doug Baker of the Michigan attorney general's office disclosed the plea offer during a routine arraignment for Kilpatrick on the charges in one of two criminal cases against him.
A not guilty plea on the assault charges was entered on the mayor's behalf. Kilpatrick did not speak in court.
Later, defense attorney James Thomas told reporters the mayor rejected the deal. Thomas called the proposal "gratuitous" and added that "we are preparing for trial."
Rusty Hills, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office, said Baker's offer would be "a good deal for all the parties involved."
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 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.
Brent Colburn, Michigan spokesman for Sen. Barack Obama, has said the focus of the convention should be on the presumptive presidential nominee, "not a distraction involving the troubles of one individual."
A hearing was scheduled for Monday on Kilpatrick's bond conditions.
Separately, Kilpatrick and his former top aide, Christine Beatty, were charged in March with conspiracy, perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office, mostly tied to their testimony in a civil trial.
Sexually explicit text messages between the pair, published by the Detroit Free Press in January, contradict their sworn denials of an affair.
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.