Lawyer: I gave text messages to Detroit Free Press

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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 12:37 PM

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.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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