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Detroit Police Monitoring Scandal Involving Ex-Fed Prosecutor Could Turn into Criminal Probe

The city of Detroit certainly has no surplus in its budget, no surplus of jobs. What it does have is a surplus of scandals.

Sheryl Robinson Wood/law firm photo
Ex-fed prosecutor Sheryl Robinson Wood/law firm photo

BY JOE SWICKARD and BEN SCHMITT
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — Former Detroit police monitor Sheryl Robinson Wood was ousted under a cloud. Some experts say a review of her ties to then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may eventually turn into a criminal investigation.

“With the possibility of federal charges, there are no minor concerns,” said Detroit attorney Bill Goodman, who represented the City Council in its efforts to oust Kilpatrick.

Wood has been in talks this week with attorney Richard Craig Smith, an expert in white-collar crime and government investigations with the Washington, D.C., firm Fulbright & Jaworski. The firm was once home to Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski.

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EX-Fed Prosecutor Who Monitored Detroit Police Resigns After Justice Dept. Alerts Judge of Improprieties

No one will disagree if you were to say the city of Detroit doesn’t need any more scandals — particularly any involving the former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.  The monitor that stepped down was a former federal prosecutor in Washington and a former district attorney in N.Y.

Sheryl Robinson Wood/law firm photo

Sheryl Robinson Wood/law firm photo

BY DAVID ASHENFELTER and JOE SWICKARD
DETROIT FREE PRESS
DETROIT –– The Department of Justice dropped another bomb on the scandal-plagued city of Detroit this week by alerting a federal judge that his court-appointed monitor overseeing Detroit Police Department reforms had “meetings of a personal nature” with former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

The episode came to light Friday when U.S. District Judge Julian Cook issued an order that announced Sheryl Robinson Wood’s resignation but raised more questions than it answered. Cook didn’t describe the nature of the meetings, when they occurred, whether they affected Wood’s performance or whether he demanded she resign.

The order said Wood “engaged in conduct which was totally inconsistent with the terms and conditions of the two consent judgments.”

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