Judge asked to halt Kilpatrick hearing

Aug. 30, 2008 at 3:04 PM

DETROIT, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A judge said he will use the weekend to decide whether Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm can hold a hearing over embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Wayne Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski already thwarted an attempt by the Detroit City Council to oust Kilpatrick, The Detroit News reported Saturday.

"This is all happening quickly," the judge was quoted as saying Friday.

Kilpatrick's attorney told the judge should order a restraining order against the governor's hearing because Granholm has already made up her mind about what the mayor should do.

"She wants the mayor to plead guilty to a felony," Kilpatrick attorney Dan Webb told the judge.

Attorneys for the governor said Webb's request is so "frivolous" that Kilpatrick's lawyers should be sanctioned or be required to pay court costs for the suit.

"The facts alleged by the plaintiff utterly fail -- utterly fail -- to demonstrate the absence of fair and just treatment," said John Wernet, Granholm's deputy legal counsel. "It is the governor's responsibility ... not to punish the defendant ... it is to protect the public."

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