Detroit mayor may face more charges

July 8, 2008 at 1:46 PM
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DETROIT, July 8 (UPI) -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may face new perjury charges related to alleged extramarital affairs, prosecutors said.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy reportedly plans to amend a criminal complaint add alleged incidents of infidelity by the mayor beyond his alleged affair with former chief of staff Christine Beatty, The Detroit News reported Tuesday.

"It will happen in the near future," Worthy spokeswoman Maria Miller told the News. "It will include others. Other sexual/romantic relationships."

The expansion of the case into other alleged Kilpatrick affairs is an attempt to bolster allegations by former police bodyguards that the mayor sometimes used them to facilitate extramarital trysts. A police whistle-blower lawsuit brought by two former officers claimed they were retaliated against for looking into allegations related to the misuse of Kilpatrick's bodyguards for such purposes.

But Peter Henning, a Wayne State University law professor said prosecutors will have to directly link Kilpatrick to denials under oath of additional relationships.

"He's not charged with having an affair, he's charged with lying," Henning said to the Detroit Free Press. "They're going to have to identify the question and answer. They're going to have to link it up with false statements he made."

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