The inhabitants of Hockeytown rejoiced earlier this week when the Detroit Red Wings won their fourth Stanley Cup in 11 years.
But when Kwame Kilpatrick attempted to address the team’s fans during the championship celebration, the good vibes came to a screeching halt.
Kilpatrick is the first mayor in Detroit’s history to be charged with a felony while still sitting in office. And if Kilpatrick had forgotten about the charges of perjury or obstruction of justice, the people were there to remind him.
WIKIPEDIA details the charges against Kilpatrick:
On March 24, 2008, Kilpatrick was charged with 8 felony counts, including perjury, misconduct in office, and obstruction of justice. If found guilty of felony perjury, Kilpatrick could be disbarred and jailed for up to 15 years per count; he could face additional sentences for obstruction of justice and conspiracy. He would also lose his mayoralty, if convicted. The controversies have prompted a call for his resignation, an ethics probe, and a recall election campaign to have Kilpatrick removed from office.
On May 13, 2008, the Detroit City Council voted 5-4 to begin the impeachment process and approved another resolution to request that Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm eject the mayor in case the impeachment failed. This comes after Granholm refused to interfere in the matter after the Detroit State of the City address.
It’s a shame, because I’m sure the mayor is a huge hockey fan. Huge.