In four short words, Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick acknowledged his guilt Thursday morning, admitting he lied during a whistle-blower case brought by two former police officers who claimed they were punished for looking into wrongdoing by the mayor's staff.
"I lied under oath," Kilpatrick said after he pleaded guilty to two felonies, a plea that will require him to spend four months in the Wayne County Jail, to resign his office and to pay $1 million in restitution.
Kilpatrick also will agree not to seek office during the five years he is on probation and will surrender his state pension to the county. He also will surrender his law license.
Chalk this one up to Kym Worthy and Jennifer Granholm. Worthy was there from the start and did her job in a professional manner, and Granholm's removal hearing caused the plea. I don't agree with Granholm (who is in a no-win situation) removing him as I think that is a Detroit issue to be decided by Detroiters, but the power was always in Granholm's hands, and I understand why she did that.
The state hearing is postponed and will be cancelled assuming the resignation happens.