Posted on August 15, 2008

Detroit Mayor to Stand Trial on Assault Charges

Ed White, AP, August 15, 2008

A judge ruled Friday that there’s enough evidence for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to stand trial on two felony assault charges stemming from a confrontation with two investigators.

The investigators testified that an angry Kilpatrick shoved one of them into the other and made racial remarks while they were trying to deliver a subpoena in the mayor’s perjury case to one of Kilpatrick’s friends last month.

In his ruling in 36th District Court, Judge Ronald Giles said there was no question Kilpatrick was aware that Wayne County sheriff’s Detective Brian White and county prosecutor’s investigator JoAnn Kinney were at the home where the confrontation took place on official business.

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White said the mayor shoved him into Kinney when he was trying to deliver the subpoena. He and White also testified that Kilpatrick used profanity and made a racial remark during the alleged confrontation.

“You’re a black woman,” Kinney said the mayor told her. “You should be ashamed of yourself being with a man with the last name white. You should not be a part of this.”

The mayor and Kinney are black. White is white.

Kilpatrick’s attorneys have denied an assault took place.

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