Editorial: Man Keeps Mansion But Woman Gets Tethered? A Message To Christine Beatty

Found a fabulous article that well articulates the double standard being applied specifically in the Kwame Kilpatrick scandal. Anne Doyle a stategic analyst and consultant has voiced what so many of us have observed throughout the Kilpatrick trial which is: one standard has been applied to the male leader; and a much tougher one to his female subordinate.

The fact remains: Kwame Kilpatrick is culpable, not Beatty, when it comes to the 7 year history of damage done to the city. Beatty is an extremely young woman whom many suspect simply lacked the “wisdom that comes with age” when it comes to dealing with powerful and DANGEROUS egos. This does not excuse her part in the affair, but puts it into a more correct context. Anne encapsulates some of these truths in questioning:

Last Friday, Magistrate Steve Lockhart had Christine Beatty hauled into his courtroom because she had attempted to travel out of state to look for a job, without asking the court’s permission. Lockhart responded by ordering her to wear an electronic tether, denying her the right to leave the state “for any reason” and questioned “who would hire someone facing felony charges.” …. The tether and travel restrictions would have made it nearly impossible for her to find a job to support herself and her children.

Excuse me? Last time I checked, a certain someone who is facing even more extensive felony charges than Beatty was still collecting his public paycheck, living for free in the Manoogian Mansion, being driven around town in a city-owned vehicle by his city-paid security, and going to church in Texas.

Does anyone besides Judge Humphries see anything wrong here?  Christine Beatty is not my candidate for the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, but I can’t simply seethe silently and not speak up about the double standard.

Right on Anne! And yes, we do see something wrong. We see that Kilpatrick, with a documented history of theft, extortion, lies and corruption is allowed to not only solicit public money to defend himself, but he was the FIRST one to recommend (publically) that “Beatty should resign”… Yet he himself will spare NO expense to maintain his hold on the city throne, despite that the real criminal is —-> HIMSELF! Notice that Christine Beatty doesn’t have a $700 dollar attorney or a defense fund. The article continues:

Beatty resigned her position within a few days of the scandal breaking, realizing immediately that she had lost credibility and could no longer perform her job. Kilpatrick had the gall to say that Beatty “had to go,” and to wish her well while insisting that he must continue to collect his paycheck and all the benefits of his position because he’s “doing the work of God.” Insiders are also suggesting these days that the mayor’s office is suffering without Beatty

I’ve no doubt the city is suffering actually, because Beatty was PRECISELY the sort of woman that got things done. Yet, many (women) could see this coming. Indeed, we wished we knew her more personally to forewarn her that when you are on a playing field of high flyers; you play at YOUR OWN risk. Again, this does not exempt her from accountability, but puts clarity on the real issues which ALL stem from Kwame Kilpatrick well before Beatty arrived on the scene. See more at Anne Doyle’s editorial here.

So here’s a message to Christine Beatty: Christine, straighten up and fly right girl! Kwame could care less about you or anyone. Don’t think his back door smack won’t apply to you; in a court of law, he will be out to save his own ass at ANY price; including that of your own life and children. Call Kym Worthy, tell her Kwame is a big piece of shit and you know it first hand. Make sure you obtain witness protection and get the heck out of Michigan. Your attorney is not going to be able to save you woman, you will need to rise up, admit the wrongs, make it right on your own and learn from it. It is not the end of the world that you caved in to the glittering world of high powered politics; it happens every day. But every day that you don’t come forward is a day that will be added to your sentence if you are found guilty. The prosecution doesn’t want you; they want Kwame. Everyone knows who is truly responsible for the demise of Detroit. The prosecution will be much kinder to you than a jury; so step out and and get yourself off the hook.

Hope she gets the message.

I Can Haz Dictionary?

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Freep recently posted an article on perjury (definitions) sharing views from expert attorneys regarding Kwame’s defense. The article was also mentioned on C-Span Washington Journal. The article quotes testimony given by both Kilpatric and Beatty regarding their affair. Both were asked specifically if they had sex with one another, and additionally if they had romantic, unprofessional relationships. Both testified “NO”. Kwame surrounded his response with a convoluted litany about how even asking the question was offensive (paraphrased) “…absurd to assert that all professional women must be prostitutes…my mother is a congresswoman…” spiel. Right, doth protest too much.

Experts called upon included Larry Dubin from U-Mercy, and Peter Henning from Wayne State. Both implied there is some ambiguity in the responses which could allow doubt of his guilt. Yet both also called out Beatty’s testimony stating because she was more emphatic in her response, it could be problematic. Another expert Stuart Green from Louisana State seemed to also agree.

My question: How would it be possible the court could find Beatty guilty of lying about sexual relations with Kwame, thereby asserting her guilty of the act itself, but then turn around, and exempt Kwame of guilt, when he was participant in the act? Logic??? That makes absolutely NO sense. Hypothetically, even IF the Mayor was found not to have “perjured” himself via some contrived “technicality” (found not guilty), any fact of Beatty’s guilt would negate it by confirming otherwise. Further, she could also then stand as a new witness to the act itself. In short, no matter how they slice it, they both lied. Someone on this article commented that they felt Dan Webb ($750 dollar an hour lawyer Kwame availed from Chicago) was creative enough to navigate the verbiage loopholes to get Kwame exonerated. But I disagree. I don’t think Webb is all that creative, I think he is doing what a dude getting $750 dollars an hour should be doing: racking up his hourly bill, because the bill is essentially the point in trialing a high profile case with little chance of passing muster. Even if Webb should get Kilpatrick exonerated of perjury by some miracle, it won’t be a lasting victory. There’s more to come.

Even still, how can any sane person look at the text messages,  communications, exchanges and relevant incidents, and come to the conclusion that either of them (Beatty or Kilpatrick) were telling the truth in their testimonies of denial? For example:

Trial Testimony: August 29, 2007 Beatty Questioned by Stefani:

Stefani:During the time period 2001 to 2003, were you and Mayor Kilpatrick either romantically or intimately involved with each other?
Beatty: No. …
Stefani: And did you ever use the text message system to communicate messages of a personal nature to the mayor?
Beatty: No.
Stefani: Did you ever receive messages from the mayor of a personal nature?
Beatty: No.
Stefani: And by personal I mean messages which were not strictly pertaining to city government matters?
Beatty: No.
Stefani: Did you use the message device to arrange social meetings between you and the mayor?
Beatty: No.
Stefani: Did you ever send the mayor or receive from the mayor a text message which was of an intimate or sexual nature?
Beatty: No. …

Communications From City Issued Devices During This Time Period

October 11, 2002 – Beatty to Kilpatrick: …What did you think about me or otherwise after the first time we had sex?
October 7, 2002 – Beatty: OK, I’m feeling like I want another night like the most recent Saturday at the Residence Inn! You made me feel so damn good that night. As you can see I can’t let it go!
Kilpatrick: I feel that we can do that in WV (West Virginia)+ just relax together. I need you soooo bad. I want to wake up in the morning and you are there. Make it happen. Love ya.
October 16, 2002 – Kilpatrick: I’ve been dreaming all day about having you all to myself for 3 days … relaxing, laughing, talking, sleeping and making love.

How can the above be seen in any way as ambiguous???? This sort of dialogue substantiates their engagements, unprofessional relations, sexual relations, and use of city devices for discussing it (non city related purposes). As for meeting at the Resident Inn, good grief, AUDIT records. Yet these indescretions are only a few of the many others Kilpatrick and Beatty passed back and forth. Webb will need to be some spin doctor, because how anyone in these circumstances can go to a court of law and try to defend they did not lie under oath is beyond me. Likewise for the Mayor’s other lies like “I did not fire Gary Brown“… (Contradicted by Kilpatrick’s testimony here). Wow, this logic is almost (but not quite) as idiotic as Examiner Ha and McFail’s redundant objections during Mike Stefani’s deposition. Well, maybe the courts will decide to buy into it, but I don’t think the rest of society does. I truly don’t.