Kwame Kilpatrick Mayor Kwame M Kilpatrick Above the Law blog.jpgThe great state of Michigan, recent host to presidential primaries, is also the home of our Lawyer of the Day. A correspondent writes:

The mayor of Detroit was sexing up his chief of staff, who just happened to be a Wayne State Law Student. The mayor happens to be married with three kids. They may have perjured themselves.

No, not the kids — Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his lover. From the Detroit Free Press:

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff lied about their relationship last summer at a police whistle-blower trial that has cost the cash-strapped city more than $9 million, according to records obtained by the Free Press.

The false testimony potentially exposes them to felony perjury charges, legal experts say.

Kilpatrick and chief of staff Christine Beatty denied during testimony in August that they had a sexual relationship. But the records, a series of text messages, show them engaged in romantic banter as well as planning and recounting sexual liaisons.

Dirty details, below the fold.


From the Free Press:

The newspaper examined nearly 14,000 text messages on Beatty’s city-issued pager. The exchanges, which the Free Press obtained after the trial, cover two months each in 2002 and 2003.

Fourteen thousand text messages? Apparently the mayor of Detroit is a fourteen-year-old girl.

The text messages cover a range of issues, from the daily minutiae of city business to political gossip to the latest doings on “American Idol.” Kilpatrick and Beatty, both 37, exchanged personal messages almost daily, including romantic notes.

“I’m madly in love with you,” Kilpatrick wrote on Oct. 3, 2002.

“I hope you feel that way for a long time,” Beatty answered. “In case you haven’t noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!”

Other texts contain sexual content, like this exchange on April 8, 2003:

Beatty: “And, did you miss me, sexually?”

Kilpatrick: “Hell yeah! You couldn’t tell. I want some more.”

One would expect better writing from a lawyer and a law student. Show, don’t tell. Provide details, not just generalities. (Then again, the Free Press isn’t quoting the juiciest messages: “The Free Press is not publishing some of those exchanges because of their explicit nature.”)

Kilpatrick, a lawyer, could also face discipline if the state Attorney Discipline Board finds he lied in court. Lying under oath is one of the worst sins a lawyer can commit — akin to stealing a client’s money, legal experts said….

Beatty, a Wayne State law student, may face hurdles to obtaining a law license if she lied to or deceived a court.

Lying under oath — not exactly a plus on the character-and-fitness part of the bar application.
Anyone remember this insanity? It seems that some Wayne State law students may be their own worst enemies.
Mayor Kilpatrick, chief of staff lied under oath, text messages show [Detroit Free Press]
About the Mayor: Kwame Kilpatrick [City of Detroit - official website]
Earlier: Tier Four Law Students: They Can Be Pissy Bitches, Too


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