Detroit Mayor Offered Plea Deal

Prosecutor said in court he would drop one of the assault charges against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick if he agreed to resign; Kilpatrick

** FILE ** In this Jan. 30, 2008 file photo, supporters of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick march outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit. Amid calls for his resignation over racy text messages to a top aide, the chastened mayor headed to church Wednesday to set about salvaging his image with a televised address. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) -- A prosecutor has offered a plea deal to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in his assault case, saying one of two charges would be dropped if Kilpatrick resigns.

Kilpatrick lawyer Juan Mateo had no immediate response to the offer in court Friday, telling a judge he had just learned about it.

The back-and-forth came during Kilpatrick's arraignment on the charges in Circuit Court.

Kilpatrick stood mute to the charges and a not guilty plea was entered by Judge David Groner.

The mayor's ability to attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver didn't come up. He is barred from traveling outside the metro Detroit area as a condition of his bond in the assault case.

A hearing was scheduled for Monday on the bond issue.

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