July 21, 2008

Suit claiming fraud by mayor, Beatty dismissed

Detroit Free Press
Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo Jr. dismissed a lawsuit Friday claiming that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former aide Christine Beatty defrauded taxpayers.

Colombo said Detroit attorney Corbett Edge O'Meara and his clients lacked the proper legal standing to bring the case, ruling they had not shown more than generalized possible harm when the mayor allegedly engineered the $8.4-million settlement of a police whistle-blower suit last year. O'Meara is running for Wayne County Circuit Court judge.

Kilpatrick and Beatty are charged with perjury and related felonies in connection with the whistle-blower suit. The mayor faces ouster by the City Council for allegedly misleading members about the settlement that had a secret provision to conceal explosive text messages between himself and Beatty.


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