Detroit's Mayor Admits He Lied, Will Step Down

Kilpatrick to serve 4 months for perjury; still faces assault charges
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2008 10:52 AM CDT
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, left, sits with his attorney in Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner's courtroom during a hearing on the mayor's bond in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – Detroit’s embattled mayor plead guilty to perjury charges today, admitting that he lied under oath during a police whistleblower trial, the Detroit Free Press reports. In a deal that requires him to resign, Kwame Kilpatrick will serve 4 months in jail on two felony counts of obstruction of justice by committing perjury, pay up to $1 million in restitution, and serve 5 years’ probation.

The deal also bars the mayor from running for office during probation, and requires him to forfeit his state pension to the city. A smiling Kilpatrick, who shook hands with his mistress while his wife was in the courtroom, kidded with reporters during the session. But he still faces two felony charges for allegedly assaulting deputies last month.