'Detroit Free Press' Now Mum on Whether Lawyer Provided Texts That Led to Mayor's Downfall

By: The Detroit Free Press says it is not saying who supplied the text messages for its stories last year that led to criminal charges against then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Lawyer Mike Stefani said Thursday that he gave the paper a copy of the text messages for safekeeping.

Stefani represented police officers who claimed they were punished for trying to investigate wrongdoing by Kilpatrick. Stefani sued the city and obtained text messages from Detroit's telecommunications provider.

A paragraph in Friday's Detroit Free Press seemed to suggest that Stefani provided the messages for the paper's original stories, but senior managing editor Jeff Taylor says that was not the intent. He says it was describing in general how the paper used text messages as the basis for the story. He says the paper has not commented on Stefani's remarks.


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