Judge says: Unseal docs in whistle-blower case
I’m beginning to think we only know a small portion of what really happened with the Kwame Kilpatrick/Christine Beatty text message scandal and the whistle-blower lawsuit.
In the latest round of news relating to this case, a judge ordered today that documents related to the whistle-blower lawsuit must be released to the public. The decision results from a lawsuit against the city by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News to determine if there was a secret settlement in the whistle-blower lawsuit, which cost the city of Detroit more than $8.5 million. The city has three days to appeal the decision. In case you weren’t aware, the whistle-blower lawsuit was filed by two police officers who claimed they were dismissed from their jobs for investigating claims that Kwame Kilpatrick’s security force covered up the mayor’s sexual affairs. The two ex-cops, former deputy chief Gary Brown and former bodyguard Harold Nelthorpe, were awarded a combined 6.5 million by a jury. The mayor later decided to settle the case, along with another that had yet to go to trial, for $8 million. Legal fees for the mayor’s defense cost upwards of a half a million dollars.
It will be interesting to see whether the mayor can appeal the judge’s decision from earlier today, and if not, what the sealed documents contain. I have a feeling there’s a lot more to this story than we currently know…