18 September 2008

Kwame Kilpatrick Finally Doesn't Speak

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 82 times Tuesday during sworn testimony in a newspaper Freedom of Information lawsuit.

"I'm asserting my Fifth Amendment privilege," Kilpatrick said repeatedly in response to questions from newspaper lawyers about whether he exchanged text messages with former chief of staff Christine Beatty, whether he has signed a city policy warning city employees that their text messages were public records and whether his wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, or father, Bernard Kilpatrick, had text-messaging devices.
Too bad for soon-to-be-former Mayor Kilpatrick that those text-messaging devices didn't have a take-the-Fifth button.