New Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Faces Perjury Questions

November 25, 2008

ken-cockrel10.jpgThe second Detroit mayor in a row is facing questions about possible perjury. An attorney for Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. acknowledged Monday that his client met last week with state attorneys to discuss a document stating he didn’t owe campaign fines in two previous city elections.

Cockrel has since paid $42,000 in fines. Lawyer Michael Hodge says Cockrel believed he didn’t have to pay the fines because he was told they would be waived.
Hodge says he expects the state to dismiss the complaint, which was filed by a political consultant.
Cockrel replaced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is in jail as part of a plea deal in two criminal cases. Kilpatrick was accused of lying under oath about an affair with an aide.
Source: AP

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