A Baltimore, Md, attorney who was appointed to monitor an effort to reform the Detroit Police Department, but ended up closely monitoring former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s pants instead, has been publicly censured by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. [The Detroit News].
An appeals court has disciplined Sheryl Robinson Wood, the lawyer overseeing Detroit police reforms who resigned in disgrace two years ago, for having “intimate contact” with Kwame Kilpatrick when he was Detroit’s mayor.
According to the story, the city had sued Wood’s old law firms to recoup the $10 million in fees it paid for her monitoring services. It settled the case last month for $350,000.
U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. has approved the appointment of Robert Warshaw to oversee implementation of two consent decrees that settled a Justice Department lawsuit against the Detroit Police Department, reports The Detroit News.
“Warshaw replaces Sheryl Robinson Wood, who resigned in July after the FBI discovered text messages that pointed to a personal relationship between her and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick,” according to The News.
As a bonus, Warshaw’s monitoring is expected to cost $1.1 million per year, about half of what Wood’s monitoring efforts cost. Around the time the Woods-Kilpatrick controversy was coming to light, reports surfaced that questioned Woods’ expenditures.
The city of Detroit and the U.S. Justice Department have recommended a former U.S. deputy drug czar who has extensive municipal police experience as a new federal monitor for the Detroit Police Department, reports The Detroit News.
“Robert Warshaw of Police Performance Solutions LLC has been recommended for the post and is still subject to the approval of U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr., who is to hold a hearing Monday,” according to The News.
The monitor’s job is to endure compliance with two 2003 consent decrees that ended a case brought by the U.S. Justice Department against the Detroit Police Department. The case alleged police brutality and other civil rights violations.
The search for a new monitor began after former monitor Sheryl Robinson Wood resigned amid reports, and a finding by Cook, that she and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had inappropriate communications about the case.
The Associated Press reports that the woman formerly responsible for overseeing federally mandated reforms of the Detroit police force has left her job at a private law firm.
Venable LLP says that Sheryl Robinson Wood resigned from the firm effective Monday. Wood worked in the firm’s Baltimore office.
Wood quit the police monitor post in July after text messages showed a previously undisclosed personal relationship between her and then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.