Lying = Prison! Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced to Prison

October 28, 2008

Dethroned – that’s what I’d call it when you go from the top of the city’s food chain to serving time in prison.  Judgemental?  I think not.  I’ve been there and I know.  Every choice has a consequence and lying is a choice that brings nothing but pain.  I served time in federal prison for theft and lying.  Martha Stewart served time in federal prison for lying.  Now it seems that Kwame Kilpatrick will, too, serve time for his role in covering up an affair.

Calling him “arrogant and defiant,” a Wayne County Circuit Judge on Tuesday sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to four months in jail with no early release under the terms of a plea deal.  This reported by CNN.

From my former blog – Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty five years ago were having an affair. The lies and deception that followed cost the City of Detroit more than $9 million dollars, and cost former police officers their career.

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Now the two are accused of lying under oath – Perjury, Obstruction of Justice and Misconduct in Office. If you recall, perjury is what Martha Stewart was convicted of and served time in prison for. Now these two are facing the same issue.

According to CNN –

Kilpatrick pleaded guilty last month to two felony obstruction of justice charges stemming from his efforts to cover up an extramarital affair. He also pleaded no contest to charges of assaulting a police officer attempting to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend in that case.

Kilpatrick resigned from office last month after pleading guilty to charges resulting from a sex scandal.

He was accused of blocking a criminal investigation into his office and firing a police deputy to cover up an extramarital affair and other possible illicit activities.

How did this all come about? It appears that the allegations of the affair were made public in a whistle blower trial for two former officers of the city. While “perjury” is generally used in a criminal case, this may be the first time that the Wayne County prosecutor’s office has used perjury from statements made in a civil case.

“In January, the Free Press reported that in an analysis of nearly 14,000 text messages on Beatty’s city-issued pager it found some from 2002 and 2003 that indicated she and the mayor were having an affair.”

Prompted by the judge to recount his wrongdoing last month, Kilpatrick admitted, “I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope versus the city of Detroit. … I did so with the intent to mislead the court and the jury and to impede and obstruct the fair administration of justice.”

Kilpatrick had faced eight felony counts. As part of a plea agreement, six counts related to misconduct in office were dropped, and a perjury count was changed to a second obstruction of justice charge.

But, every choice has a consequence. As a business ethics speaker (www.chuckgallagher.com), I share that sentiment with audiences nation wide. You can run but you cannot hide – from the truth. It is said that you reap what you sow. Most of the people who find themselves facing consequences they did not anticipate – assume that if they are not caught or can cover up the truth – what is hidden will stay that way forever. That is further from the truth. Funny, but “truth” has a way of sneaking to the surface.

In this case the truth will either set you free or be the catalyst for a prison sentence – Kilpatrick has found the later to be the case.

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty Plead – Not Guilty – to Perjury!

March 25, 2008

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty five years ago were having an affair. The lies and deception that followed cost the City of Detroit more than $9 million dollars, and cost former police officers their career.

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Now the two are accused of lying under oath – Perjury, Obstruction of Justice and Misconduct in Office. If you recall, perjury is what Martha Stewart was convicted of and served time in prison for. Now these two are facing the same issue.

According to a CNN report: Both Kilpatrick and Beatty declined to enter pleas Tuesday before 36th District Court Chief Magistrate Steven Lockhart. Lockhart entered the pleas on their behalf.

Lockhart set a $75,000 personal bond for both defendants. If convicted on all charges, Kilpatrick could face 80 years in prison and/or $40,000 in fines. Beatty could face 75 years and/or $30,000 in fines.

“This is a historic moment, a sad moment. No sitting mayor of Detroit has ever been charged with a crime,” Detroit Free Press reporter Jim Schaefer told CNN on Tuesday.

The case is about much more than sexually explicit text messages, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said earlier Tuesday.

“Text messages are just part of the case,” Worthy said on CNN’s “American Morning.” “We have much more evidence than that.

“It is not just about the sexual affair. It is about lying under oath. It is about betraying the public trust. It is about using $8.4 million of the taxpayers’ money to cover up that information from coming out.”

How did this all come about? It appears that the allegations of the affair were made public in a whistle blower trial for two former officers of the city. While “perjury” is generally used in a criminal case, this may be the first time that the Wayne County prosecutor’s office has used perjury from statements made in a civil case.

“In January, the Free Press reported that in an analysis of nearly 14,000 text messages on Beatty’s city-issued pager it found some from 2002 and 2003 that indicated she and the mayor were having an affair.”

But, every choice has a consequence. As a business ethics speaker (www.chuckgallagher.com), I share that sentiment with audiences nation wide. You can run but you cannot hide – from the truth. It is said that you reap what you sow. Most of the people who find themselves facing consequences they did not anticipate – assume that if they are not caught or can cover up the truth – what is hidden will stay that way forever. That is further from the truth. Funny, but “truth” has a way of sneaking to the surface.

In this case the truth will either set you free or be the catalyst for a prison sentence.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME!


To Tell The Truth – Barry Bonds – Ethical Choices and Consequences

November 16, 2007

Barry Bonds - WSJ Photo So just how important is it to tell the truth? 

As a motivational speaker, I was recently speaking to a group of high school students about the importance of telling the truth and making the right choices.   What qualified me to make this presentation – personal experience…perhaps one of the best teachers in life.  Having spent time in Federal prison for making unethical decisions, I know first hand the impact that choices have in our life.  I am not proud of those decisions, but, likewise, refuse to hide the fact that I made them and that the impact they had on my life were – well – life changing.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal law blog, MLB’s home run hitter Barry Bonds has been indicted for – well simply put – “lying!”  http://blogs.wsj.com/law/

The post in the WSJ Blog states: “Bonds joins a line of individuals stretching from Alger Hiss to Martha Stewart to Scooter Libby to who were indicted not for commiting an underlying crime, but for lying to investigators. Each time this happens, critics argue that a perjury prosecution is nothing more than an excuse for overzealous prosecutors to bring a headline-grabbing case against a boldfaced name. On the other hand, in pursuing such well-known figures, the feds hope to send a message to the meek and mighty alike: Don’t lie.”

I couldn’t agree more.  Whether Bonds is convicted like Martha Stewart or not…the fact remains that the consequences of lying can have dramatic, life-changing effects.  Take it from one who knows, “Club Fed” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  It’s prison and no one I know wants to be there.

I routinely speak to business groups and associations on ethics, choices, consequences and their total effect.  Every choice has a consequence – and the sooner we recognize that telling the truth is a choice the quicker we control the type of consequences we face.  I personally perfer “positive results” from the choices I make.

What about you?  Comments?