AG Mike Cox (R) “issued an opinion” 12/14 “that ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) broke the law if he used campaign money to pay attorneys to defend him…” The “opinion does not say definitively that Kilpatrick violated” MI campaign finance law. It “directs” Sec/State Terri Lynn Land (R) “to determine whether Kilpatrick tapped his re-election account to pay his lawyers” (Elrick/Schaefer, Detroit Free Press, 12/16).
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Cox: “These charges cannot reasonably be regarded as arising out of the office-related activities of an elected official.” Kilpatrick atty James Thomas, on Cox’s opinion: “We think he has gone too far” (MacDonald, Detroit News, 12/16).