Detroit Mayor Dickers Over Jail Time in Plea

Prison now appears unavoidable for embattled Kilpatrick
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2008 3:16 AM CDT
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner's courtroom during a hearing on the mayor's bond in Detroit this week.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – 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.