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…

2 Comments so far

  1. richardz (unregistered) on February 5th, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

    I think you framed the situation rather well. The mayor is trying to make this seem as if the press is attempting to sensationalize his "marital indiscretion" when in reality, that marital indiscretion is the actual controversy at the heart of the millions upon millions of dollars spent in settling the suit. Either the mayor’s supporters are ignorant of this fact or they are as dishonest as he is.

    The mayor can appeal the judge’s decision but that doesn’t mean he’ll win on appeal (you can almost always appeal a judge’s decision). However, if the decision is appealed, it would be a stalling tactic to delay the release of the contents of that secret settlement.

  2. girl.in.the.d (unregistered) on February 6th, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

    I am in agreement with you, RichardZ. The mayor is appealing the decision, but I do not think the decision will be overturned. We will see on Friday…

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