Judge won't stop Detroit mayor's removal hearing

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge has ruled that Michigan's governor can go ahead with a hearing that could result in the ouster of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The mayor's lawyers argue that Gov. Jennifer Granholm is too biased to chair the hearing that is set for Wednesday.

But in a ruling Tuesday morning, Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski has refused to block the hearing.

The Detroit City Council is asking Granholm to use her constitutional power to remove Kilpatrick from office.

Council members say the mayor misled them when he settled lawsuits with former police officers for $8.4 million.

The council says it didn't know the deal covered up sexually charged text messages between the mayor and his top aide.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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