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Detroit City Council silences embattled mayor, says it doesnt want to hear his budget plan
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    DETROIT — The City Council rebuffed embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s attempts to propose a budget on Monday, the latest sign of increasingly frosty relations between the mayor and city leaders.
    Kilpatrick, who is fighting criminal charges, walked in to the Council chambers, sat down and prepared to speak. Council President Ken Cockrel then informed him that he had talked over the matter with other members over the weekend, and they agreed not to hear from the mayor.
    ‘‘This could have been done in my office,’’ Kilpatrick told the Council before heading out into the hallway, where he called the council’s actions ‘‘childish.’’
    The relationship between Kilpatrick and the council has been going downhill for months. The panel voted 7-1 in March to ask Kilpatrick to resign.
    Kilpatrick and former chief of staff Christine Beatty are awaiting a June 9 preliminary examination on perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice charges. Not guilty pleas have been entered for the two, and Kilpatrick has said he will be exonerated.
    The charges stem from a lawsuit filed by two former police officers who won a jury verdict last summer. They said they were fired for investigating claims that the mayor used his security unit to cover up extramarital affairs.
    Kilpatrick and Beatty denied having a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003, but excerpts of text messages published by the Detroit Free Press contradict their testimony. Prosecutors allege that the multimillion-dollar settlement was reached after the officers’ attorney showed the mayor’s lawyers references to the text messages.
    The Detroit Free Press published excerpts of the messages in January, prompting an investigation that led to the charges.

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