DETROIT (AP) The City Council narrowly approved taking the first step Tuesday toward removing Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is charged with perjury over explicit text messages sent to a former aide.
Council members voted 5-4 to begin forfeiture of office proceedings against Kilpatrick. On a separate 5-4 vote, they approved asking Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to remove Kilpatrick from office a step the governor has said she is unwilling to take while the criminal case proceeds.
A third vote a nonbinding measure to censure the mayor passed 7-2.