Going … Going … Gone! Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resigns …

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resigned today after dragging the city through months of financial pain suffering. As one watched the feed from the Wayne County Court room that Kilpatrick and his co-defendant, former Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty,  both occupied, you could not help but feel sadness for the two who have laid waste a community, and promising careers for a few moments of physical pleasure.

His agreed to plea deal strips him of his Law License, pension benefits, requires him to pay one million is restitution, forbids political office for 5 years, and, places him in jail for 4 months. Not to mention what it does to his wife and children.

Perhaps none of the above concerned him when he committed the offenses that ended his run as Detroit’s mayor. It is certain that it will occupy his thoughts now.


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

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.

A matter of rights? …

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on whether or not to follow a World Court ruling to strike down the sentencing of a Texas court in the death penalty judgment against Jose Medellin and 50 other Mexican National prisoners being held in U.S. penal institutions on similar charges giving them new trials.

The Mexican government sued the United States in the World Court siting that Jose Medellin and others were not allowed a phone call to Mexican officials after his arrest on the murder charges thus violating their rights to proper counsel.

Jose Medellin an illegal immigrant was 18 when he confessed and was found guilty of capitol murder. He was then sentenced to death for his participation in the gang rape and murder of two teenage girls that took place in Houston, Texas on June 24, 1993.

Elizabeth Pena 16 and Jennifer Ertman 14 were brutally raped and murdered as part of a gang initiation. Six other gang members including Medellin’s younger brother Venancio Medellin were eventually found guilty and sentenced as part of this horrific crime.

Venancio Medellin 14 at the time escaped the death sentence due to his age but is serving a 40 year sentence for his part in the crime. The other participants that were 17 years of age all had their death sentences stayed due to their age.

One of those found guilty that didn’t was Sean Derrick O’Brien an African American who was 18 when the crime took place. He was sentenced to death and the judgment was carried out on July 11, 2006.

During an interview on “The Factor” with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, former Mexican President Vincente Fox laughed out loud at the idea of immigration control or building a fence.

He told O’Reilly that, “the U.S. needed to go back to the way it once was …” What he was referring to was not clear to this writer.

The African American community has long been a leader when it comes to fighting for civil rights. It is appalling to me however that this year alone there has been at least four deaths that can be traced to illegal Mexican immigrants perpetrated against African Americans. The three college students in New Jersey and a Florida law enforcement officer. Who calls for justice and rights for their families?

What should be made clear to those who come here illegally is that you have already broken the law and if you break any others you suffer the consequences. There should be no special treatment for illegals who break our laws now or ever.

Marion Jones: We’ve been there already …

When I heard former Olympic track star Marion Jones  give her statement following her guilty plea in federal court I could not help but feel that we have already been there with Atlanta Falcon Michael Vick. Actually much of what was said was also echoed by Vick.

While I am sure her tearful rendition was praised in some liberal and spiritual circles it only moved me to wonder would she have come clean if authorities had not had the money laundering and check charges to negotiate with. This for me only says that she still might be in denial if she had not been caught up on those charges.

I do not recall her giving apologies to her Olympic competition that trailed her to the finish line and the awards podium where her gold and bronze medals made her an instant millionaire and world celebrity at their expense.

The money and prestige that Jones claimed and sought to hold on to for years is now all gone. She has been shamed before us all and for what? A lack of confidence in her own God given talent and a reliance upon doping.

It is sad that she did not realize the down side before things got to this point. She has taken from those athletes that competed against her years of work and recognition that they will never recover or benefit from. Additionally, she has helped to give sports a bigger black eye than it already had, and she has left her kids with an unenviable legacy.

Fifteen seconds of fame …. a lifetime of shame? That has become her reality.

Florida prosecutor busted in sting found dead in cell …

John David Roy Atchison 53, who was in custody and occupied a single cell at a special detention facility outside of Detroit was found dead in his cell today.

Atchison a Florida prosecutor from Gulf Breeze, Florida was busted in a child molestation sting run by Michigan authorities this past September. He had traveled to Michigan for a meeting with whom he ultimately believed would be a 5 year old girl for the purpose of having sex.

His death is under investigation.

Phylicia Moore’s Death:Months go by and still no answers …

In case you haven’t heard … Phylicia Moore was an 18 year old high school honor student that went to Ghana, Africa with members of her class to do some humanitarian work and was found dead in the hotel pool April 15, 2007.

As I listened to Phylicia’s mother today (almost 6 months after this tragedy) it was disturbing to me how the mainstream media had swept this story under the rug.

The FBI is involved in the investigation and that is good but all media outlets that play to a readership of color need to keep this story in the eyes of our website visitors.

Her parents and family need justice and closure.