BY JOE SWICKARD
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
July 9, 2008
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is so high style and profile that he's
prime pickings for a high-tech hoaxster, defense lawyers argue in legal
papers trying to bar potentially explosive text messages from court.
The allegedly incriminating messages could be the work of a hacker
typing away on a computer -- perhaps even creating a titillating
back-and-forth between Kilpatrick and his former aide Christine Beatty,
the lawyers said.
The legal team has asserted that prosecutors cannot authenticate the
text messages they've use to build perjury, conspiracy and obstruction
of justice charges against Kilpatrick and Beatty. Without the messages,
they said, the criminal case will fall apart.
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