DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer who won a police whistle-blowers' case that led to the downfall of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has testified that he gave a copy of the ex-mayor's text messages to the Detroit Free Press in October 2007.
The admission by Mike Stefani came Thursday during a misconduct hearing before the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. Stefani testified he obtained three copies of the messages through a subpoena shortly after his clients won a $6.5 million jury award in their case against Kilpatrick.
Stefani says he "gave one to the Detroit Free Press for safekeeping."
In a story on its Web site, the Free Press said editors at the paper had no immediate comment.
The newspaper in January 2008 published excerpts of the messages sent by Kilpatrick.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com