City attorney in Kwame texting case suspended 90 days

The decision is in and it’s not good (but could have been much, much worse) for former Detroit Law Department attorney Valerie Colbert-Osamuede: she’s been suspended 90 days by the Attorney Discipline Board. [Detroit Free Press]

Detroit city attorney Valerie Colbert-Osamuede was given a 90-day suspension by the state’s attorney discipline panel for lying to a judge in the text message scandal and then lying to the legal profession’s watchdogs investigating her case.

Robert Agacinski, head of the Attorney Grievance Commission that investigated her case and brought the charges, said the penalty was too lenient and that he wants his directors’ permission to appeal it.

“We had asked for disbarment,” Agacinski said. “We knew we probably weren’t going to get that, but we wanted something more substantial.”

Colbert-Osamuede lied to virtually anybody involved with looking into the Kwame Kilpatrick text messaging scandal, including the AGC itself. It’s somewhat surprising, considering the penalty in the Karen Plants case last month. Plants allegedly allowed perjured testimony in a drug case and kept the information from her court and her supervisors.


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