Another one bites the dust? … Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on the ropes!

Just as Olympic star Marion Jones starts to settle into her prison time for perjury charges in her doping case, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may soon be following!

Media news outlets are reporting that The Detroit News / Free Press has obtained copies of emails sent between the mayor and his Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty, implying that they lied to the court during the “Whistle Blower’s” trial that took place August of 2007.

The outcome of that trial was that the city of Detroit has to pay out millions of dollars as a judgment due to the mayor terminating city employees who brought his questionable behavior to light. Part of that behavior was the alleged affair between Mayor Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty which it now appears both of them lied about under oath.

The Detroit News / Free Press is not disclosing how they got the copies of the emails but have made text from them public. The emails were sent via the City of Detroit server system and Mayor Kilpatrick’s city issued “BlackBerry”.

If the prosecutor presses forward with charges Mayor Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty could face up to 15 years in prison.

For the record former President Bill Clinton lied to a special prosecutor, and the country about his affair yet did no time … I wonder how this one will play out?

For a video checkout this CNN link: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/24/detroit.mayor/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

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Mother of four kills daughters ….

Banita Jacks a mother of four is being held in the connection of their deaths in their Washington, D.C., home.

According to Medical Examiner Marie-Lydie Pierre-Louis, the bodies were in the home for as many as 15 days based on the insects that were also found there.

Washington, D.C. Mayor,  Adrian Fenty remarked, “I don’t think anyone in the city can remember a case involving this many young people who have died in such a tragic way.”

Former Mayor and present councilman Marion Barry who represents the poverty riddled neighborhood where Jacks and her four daughters resided stated, “Some systems have failed somewhere.”

U.S. Attorney Jeff Taylor said Jacks faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison on each count if convicted. A maximum penalty of life in prison without parole is also a possibility.

Cleveland, Ohio mom kills her two children …

Amber Hill 22 of Cleveland, Ohio is in custody for drowning her two children ages 2 and 4.

Authorities say that Hill called the children’s father Jamie Cintron at his place of work and told him “… they are at peace.” Cintron and Hill’s relationship has documented episodes of abuse but the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services say they never have taken a call about the children being mistreated.

Hill is under a suicide watch awaiting arraignment.

Violence amongst young Blacks out of control and sky rocketing!

We have reached epidemic proportions of youth violence. Locally in Kalamazoo we have had three shootings so far this year. Two have been fatal.

Nationally, youths assault each other at an alarming rate. Most recently a gang assault upon a 13 year old white youth that was caught on tape and shown on Fox News.

Police also took into custody an 18 year old Black man wanted in connection with the shootings on the Delaware State Campus in Dover. Loyer D. Braden, arrested about 3 a.m. in his dorm room after a week long investigation and search for the shooting suspect.

The shooting followed an altercation between Braden and one of the victims that took place earlier.

What is the source of the anger and frustration that moves our young people to such extremes? Why is the first choice to settle differences a gun? Why have egos become so fragile that the only way to maintain self respect is through the disrespect of another person’s life?

I was on the bus the other day just after a shooting involving some young men here locally. Fortunately no one was killed but what really confused me was the comments of one of the victims who was just released from the hospital. He had been shot in the leg and gave the impression that his wound was a badge of honor. He stated that he had been shot by his “friend”, one of the shooters who had used him as a shield.

What kind of friend is that?

Mom wanted for assisting son and gang in Atlanta burglaries …

Lakechia Woodard, 36, is being sought for driving her 12-year-old son and three friends to a house off Flat Shoals Road in the Atlanta area where they stole 14 rifles.Other items taken included electronics and clothes. Woodard picked up the young boys after the burglary and drove them to the west end to sell the items on the street, police said. There is evidence that the group was involved in multiple home invasions.

One burglary victim said he was shocked that a mom would help her 12-year-old carry out these crimes.