Former Kilpatrick Aide Refuses Deal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The former top aide to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick rejected an offer Monday that included pleading guilty to two felony counts and serving at least 60 days in jail in a City Hall sex scandal.
The decision puts Christine Beatty's case on course for trial.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Spada said that two weeks ago, Beatty was offered a deal that included pleading guilty to two counts, spending 60 days jail, five years on probation and paying $100,000 restitution. That offer remained on the table until last Thursday.
Spada said Beatty was offered a new deal on Friday that included pleading guilty to two counts, spending 150 days in jail, five years on probation and paying $125,000 restitution.
That deal was still on the table Monday, but Beatty's lawyer, Mayer Morganroth, told Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner during a brief afternoon hearing the offer was rejected.
In March, Beatty was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. She and Kilpatrick were accused of lying when they denied an affair during testimony in a lawsuit filed by ex-police officers.
Sexually explicit text messages first published by the Detroit Free Press contradicted the denials. Kilpatrick, a Democrat, already has pleaded guilty and leaves office Thursday. He goes to jail for four months in late October.


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