The strategy of eliminating (politically) Democratic hopefuls works well.The mayor of the US city of Detroit is to step down after pleading guilty to two charges of obstructing justice.
Kwame Kilpatrick had been charged with misconduct, obstruction of justice and lying under oath to try to cover up an affair with his former chief-of-staff.
Mr Kilpatrick's plea deal means he will spend 120 days in jail and will pay $1m in restitution to the city. He has also agreed that he will not run for office for five years.
In Wayne County court, Mr Kilpatrick read out a statement in which he admitted to two counts of lying under oath during a police whistle-blower trial in 2007.
He had faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
A prominent African-American politician who was elected mayor at the age of 31, Mr Kilpatrick had been considered one of the rising stars of the Democratic Party.