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Ex-mayor’s former top aide out of jail

March 16, 2009

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— The former chief of staff to ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been released from jail after serving 69 days for obstruction of justice.

Christine Beatty walked free about 12:10 a.m. today. She told reporters she’s anxious to go home and see her children.

She and one-time lover Kilpatrick were accused of lying on the stand during a civil trial about their relationship and roles in the firing of a police official. Beatty pleaded guilty in December and got a 120-day sentence on Jan. 6.

Kilpatrick, a Democrat, pleaded in the case last fall and served 99 days in jail.

A judge ruled Friday that participation in the jail work program entitled Beatty to leave before April 15.

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