Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mayor Kilpatrick Goes to Jail

When I saw the newspaper this morning, with its headline that Detroit's Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick would waive his right to a preliminary examination, I was proud of him for the first time in months. The on-going criminal proceedings have dragged on for months already; as a result, Detroit's economic recovery has stalled and is slipping backwards. The fact that he waived his preliminary examination would shave a month or more off of this prolonged ordeal.

I was going to log on and write a blog post commending the Mayor for his decision. However, I've spent most of this morning in a series of meeting and didn't have a chance to sit down at a computer.

And then it happened.

Judge Robert Giles of the 36th District Court sent Mayor Kilpatrick to jail for violating the terms of his bond. He will only be there for one night, at least for now. A hearing tomorrow will determine how long he is going to be there.

I'm still pleased that the Mayor waived his right to a preliminary examination. However, let's face facts, that story will be buried and largely ignored by the fact that he is spending tonight in a jail cell.

It's too bad that the Mayor didn't make this decision a few days earlier. If they had then Detroiters would have spent a few days talking about the Mayor doing something positive.

Instead, that announcement is completely downed out by this:

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