Plea deal expected in Detroit mayor perjury case

DETROIT (AP) -- Prosecutors say Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is near a plea agreement in his perjury case.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says a plea could come Thursday. Details were not immediately available Wednesday.

The development comes as Gov. Jennifer Granholm holds a hearing that could result in Kilpatrick's removal.

The mayor and a former top aide are charged with perjury, conspiracy, misconduct and obstruction of justice. They are accused of lying during a 2007 trial about having an affair and their roles in the firing of a police official.

Kilpatrick would automatically be removed from office if convicted of a felony. The outcome of the criminal case does not necessarily bear on the governor's hearing.

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

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