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Embattled Detroit mayor jailed for violating bond terms
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14:29, August 08, 2008

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The mayor of Detroit, Michigan, was jailed Thursday for violating the terms of his bond by traveling to Canada without approval by court, media reports said.

Kwame Kilpatrick has been charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct of office following a sex scandal involving his former aid, Christine Beatty.

The text-messages the mayor exchanged with Beatty were published by the local press, which proved their improper relations and contradicted their sworn testimony at a previous lawsuit.

Kilpatrick was freed on a bond of 75,000 U.S. dollars. Under the terms of bond, the mayor was demanded to inform the court 48 hours ahead of any business trips.

However, he visited Windsor, Ontario, on July 23, to discuss with his counterpart about a plan to sell Detroit's half of the tunnel linking the two cities, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press.

It also said that the mayor apologized to the court before the verdict, saying that he has been under intense pressure to continue to run the city and asking for forgiveness.

But Judge Ronald Giles was not moved by his apology and ordered him to be jailed at least for the night.

Kilpatrick's attorney said they would appeal the ruling immediately.

Citing Wayne County Sheriff, a CNN report said the mayor will be treated like any other high-profile inmate in the jail, staying in a restricted area where no one but his deputies could be allowed to contact him.


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