Friday, August 08, 2008

Mayor Kilpatrick to Face 2nd Set of Felony Charges

Attorney General Mike Cox announced this morning that he intends to file two felony charges against Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick. These, of course, are in addition to the perjury and obstruction of justice charges that he already faces.

I was struck by one thing is Mr. Cox's remarks from this morning: he intends to have this case ready for preliminary examination within the next two weeks and, shockingly, to have it in front of a jury within the next 90 days. This stands in profound contrast with the way that Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has handled the perjury case. If she was able to prosecute her case with the same swiftness, this entire matter would've been resolved in June.

Instead, here we are in August and we're still months away from a trial even starting in this case. In fact, I can't help but wonder which trial will be over first.

I know it's hard to do a true comparison between these cases because the perjury one is exponentially more complicated. However, I can't help but feel that it's a disgrace that this case hasn't come to trial by August when the alleged crime came to light in January.

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