Name That Party! Detroit mayor indicted for perjury
posted at 12:30 pm on March 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
Lawhawk and I saw this at about the same time. In an Associated Press report on a perjury indictment for Kwame Kilpatrick, reporter Corey Williams leaves a little something out of the story. Guess which political party Kilpatrick represents?
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one-time rising star and Detroit’s youngest elected leader, was charged Monday with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy also charged the popular yet polarizing 37-year-old mayor with obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.
Former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, 37, who also denied under oath that she and Kilpatrick had a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003, was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. …
Perjury is a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. But for Kilpatrick, a conviction also would mean his immediate expulsion from office. The Detroit City Charter calls for any elected official convicted of a felony while in office to be removed.
The Name That Shall Not Be Mentioned is, of course, Democrat. The AP studiously avoids mentioning party affiliation in the article at all. It runs 537 words as of noon ET, and not one of those words are “Democrat” or any other derivative.
Expect the Democrats to come out hard for Kilpatrick nonetheless. The perjury involves testimony at a trial last summer in which both denied having a sexual relationship, which two fired police officers claimed was at the heart of their termination. Later, text messages came to light which proved that both lied under oath, a material lie that went to the core of the lawsuit. It cost Detroit $8.4 million, which Kilpatrick approved in order to keep the messages — and his perjury — from becoming public.
Unlike with certain other cases of perjury, a conviction means the end of Kilpatrick’s administration. Under Detroit law, a felony conviction makes Kilpatrick ineligible for his office, which means he’s out. That’s the least of his worries, though, as he could face over 15 years in jail for the corruption that cost his city a fortune.
Expect the argument to be similar to that with Bill Clinton. Democrats will make it all about sex and not about perjury in an attempt to rescue Kilpatrick. Of course, if we rely on the AP, no one will know they’re Democrats at all.
Update (AP): Take a lesson, AP. This is how you do it.