Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is weighing whether to enter a plea deal this morning that will cost him jail time, the Detroit Free Press reports. A lawyer for Kilpatrick, who faces felony perjury charges, said Kilpatrick was negotiating jail time, probation and retaining the right to run for future office. The mayor is due in court today, but a hearing could be canceled if he agrees to a plea deal and resigns.
The prosecutor is insisting the mayor serve at least six months behind bars. The perjury charges are linked to the mayor's efforts to cover up an affair with an aide. Kilpatrick will still face felony assault charges after the current case is settled.