Monday, August 25, 2008

Time to Deal for Mayor Kilpatrick

The Detroit News reported that Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick is open to talking about a plea deal. Quite frankly, I'm relieved to read this. This saga simply needs to come to an end and it needs to end immediately, if not sooner - to channel my mother for a moment.

Not only is it imperative for Detroit for a plea deal to be reached soon, I believe it's also essential for Mayor Kilpatrick and his political allies that he enter into a plea deal soon. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm is going to have a removal hearing on Wednesday, September 3. In all probability, she will remove Mayor Kilpatrick from office. The political pressure for her to do so is so high that she would likely be thrown out of office herself is she doesn't.

Once he no longer has his resignation to offer as part of a plea negotiation, the only thing that Mayor Kilpatrick will have to work with is his willingness to testify against others. No matter how much he might like the idea of resigning, I'm confident that he will like the idea of talking to FBI agents about his father or various individuals involved in the Synargo scandal even less.

In fact, I have a sneaky suspicion that the reason why Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has been reluctant to talk about a plea deal thus far is that she wants to wait until Mayor Kilpatrick is forced out of office. She wants to pressure him to talk about his father and others.

Again, Mayor Kilpatrick needs to start talking about a plea bargain - for the benefit of himself, his supporters and, most of all, for the benefit of Detroit as a whole. This thing simply needs to go away.

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