Detroit Mayor Charged With Felony Assault

By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2008 2:17 PM CDT
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick motions to someone in the courtroom Friday.   (AP Photo/Bryan Mitchell)
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(Newser) – Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick now faces felony assault charges for allegedly shoving a sheriff's deputy into another officer last month, the Free Press reports. Kilpatrick, who spent last night in jail for violating his bond on a separate charge, remains in custody, though he could be freed on bail later today. Kilpatrick allegedly shoved the deputy when he tried to serve a subpoena on the mayor's friend.

"It is a very serious case,' said Attorney General Mike Cox. "I cannot recall, ever, seeing, let alone hearing, of a situation where a police officer trying to serve a subpoena was assaulted." The mayor, who vows to fight the charges, faces jail time and immediate removal from office if convicted.