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Judge: Detroit mayor to stand trial on assault
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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in the district court room of Judge Ronald Giles in Detroit Friday, Aug 15, 2008. KIlpatrick, already facing conspiracy, perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office charges, was back in court to determine whether he'll stand trial on assault charges. - photo by AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, MANDI WRIGHT
    DETROIT — A judge ruled Friday that there’s enough evidence for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to stand trial on two felony assault charges stemming from a confrontation with two investigators.
    The investigators testified that an angry Kilpatrick shoved one of them into the other and made racial remarks while they were trying to deliver a subpoena in the mayor’s perjury case to one of Kilpatrick’s friends last month.
    In his ruling in 36th District Court, Judge Ronald Giles said there was no question Kilpatrick was aware that Wayne County sheriff’s Detective Brian White and county prosecutor’s investigator JoAnn Kinney were at the home where the confrontation took place on official business.
    ‘‘It’s clear Kilpatrick knew who Detective White was. He had previous contact with him through his other case,’’ Giles said in his ruling. ‘‘He specifically called him by name in this case.’’
    White said the mayor shoved him into Kinney when he was trying to deliver the subpoena. He and White also testified that Kilpatrick used profanity and made a racial remark during the alleged confrontation.
    ‘‘You’re a black woman,’’ Kinney said the mayor told her. ‘‘You should be ashamed of yourself being with a man with the last name white. You should not be a part of this.’’
    The mayor and Kinney are black. White is white.
    Kilpatrick’s attorneys have denied an assault took place.
    The mayor and his former top aide, Christine Beatty, were charged in March with conspiracy, perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office, mostly tied to their testimony in a civil trial.
    Sexually explicit text messages between the pair, published by the Detroit Free Press in January, contradict their denial of an affair, a key point in the trial last year involving a former deputy police chief.

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