Detroit mayor back in office after pleading for forgiveness

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is back in the office after publicly apologizing to his wife, children and Detroit residents for events surfacing from a text messaging sex scandal.

Spokesman James Canning says Kilpatrick returned to the office about 8:30 a.m.

It was Kilpatrick's first day in the office following a week of self-imposed seclusion, which he says included focusing on his family.

But a criminal investigation into whether he and his top aide lied under oath during a whistle-blower's lawsuit still hangs over his head.

In last night's emotional but carefully worded televised speech, Kilpatrick avoided direct mention of racy text messages that appear to contradict his sworn denials of an affair with Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.

Beatty this week announced plans to resign.

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