Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was ordered to jail today, for violating the terms of his bond.
From ABCNews in Detroit
The mayor violated his bond when he went to Canada July 23 without informing the court, a condition of his bond. The judge also pointed out that the mayor had to make many calls and arrangements for his trip to Canada and could have easily called the court to alert it of the trip.
The 36th District Court judge stressed that he was treating Detroit's mayor in the same way he would "John Sixpack."
The order is the latest in what has been dubbed the "Text Message Scandal"
. In January of this year, the Detroit Free Press
obtained a series of text messages between Kilpatrick and his Chief of Staff Christine Beatty. The messages contradicted both Kilpatrick and Beatty's testimony under oath that they had not engaged in a sexual relationship.
In March, Kilpatrick was charged with conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, obstruction of justice, two counts of misconduct in office and four counts of perjury. Late update:
It appears that Kilpatrick will be spending the night in jail
An excellent interactive timeline
of the events can be found at the Detroit Free Press
. Late Late update
: From the AP
: The mayor is on his way to jail, where he will be outfitted in a green jumpsuit and kept in a restricted area.