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By SUSAN SAULNY and NICK BUNKLEY
The New York Times
September 4, 2008
DETROIT - Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges
here on Thursday and agreed to resign from office and serve 120 days in
jail, ending eight months of political turmoil but also opening a new
era of uncertainty for the city.
After the agreement, Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm of Michigan suspended her
hearing on whether to remove Mr. Kilpatrick for misconduct, relieving
her of being in the awkward position of possibly ousting the mayor, a
fellow Democrat, from office.
"It is my profound hope that we can now write a new history for this
great but embattled city and that the citizens of Detroit begin the
healing process to move forward," she said. But even as the fate of Mr.
Kilpatrick became clear on Thursday, a new layer of potential pitfalls
came into view.
The City Council that will now try to bring stability to the nation's
11th largest city is known for its volatility. Its two top leaders,
Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr., the council president who will now be interim
mayor, and Monica Conyers, who will become president of the Council,
were recently involved in a public shouting match that has become a
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