The Mayor of Detroit was charged with perjury on Monday the Associated Press reported.
Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick, 37, has been charged with eight felony charges including perjury and obstruction of justice. While many had known an investigation was going on since the start of the year, people from the city were left shocked by the scale and seriousness of the charges. "I was not expecting to hear 12 counts. I almost fell out of my chair," Sen. Tupac Hunter said the Detroit Free Press reported.
The problems arose when text messages between Kilpatrick and his then chief of staff Christine Beatty were published and raised questions about the accuracy of some under oath testimony.
In the end prosecutor Kym L. Worthy made the lesson very clear, lying is bad. "Even children understand that lying is wrong,â€? she said.
Kilpatrick had been heralded as a "Hip-Hop Mayor" who was bringing life back into the struggling Detroit area.
â€śHe had the potential of being a very effective mayor over many, many years, and he has wrecked any future political career over a sexual dalliance," University historian Charles K. Hyde said.