Judge won't stop Detroit mayor's removal hearing

DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Jennifer Granholm can hold a hearing Wednesday to possibly force Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Ziolkowski refused to stop the hearing Tuesday. Kilpatrick's lawyers had claimed Granholm is biased. The decision puts pressure on Kilpatrick to make a deal in his two criminal cases.

The mayor's job would no longer be a bargaining chip with prosecutors if Granholm expels him for misconduct. At the Detroit City Council's request, the governor will chair a hearing on whether Kilpatrick misled members 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.

Source: Associated Press