Thursday, March 15, 2001

Councilman Clyde Cleveland - Sentenced - Detroit

Cleveland is given probation in assault
He appeals for mercy
March 30, 2001
Detroit Free Press

Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland told a Wayne County judge Thursday that two years' probation for pushing his wife was too severe a punishment for a man his age. "I think two years is too long," Cleveland said. "I'm 66 years old and I doubt if I'll live much longer." Still, Wayne County Circuit Judge Karen Fort Hood stuck to Cleveland's plea agreement and sentenced him to two...

Clyde Cleveland based on what he admitted, he should step down
March 2, 2001
Detroit Free Press

When Clyde Cleveland admitted to beating his wife, he also trampled many of the values he stood up for as a civil rights activist and member of the Detroit City Council. He surrendered any claim to public leadership and should now surrender his council seat. No one but Cleveland and his wife knows exactly what happened between them on Dec. 3, but what Cleveland confessed to in a plea deal is stomach-turning stuff. At a preliminary hearing, Cleveland's wife testified that...

Councilman admits assault, gets probation
Cleveland's wife says best part of deal is mandatory counseliong
February 16, 2001
Detroit Free Press

Veteran Detroit Councilman Clyde Cleveland won't go to jail or lose his $81,000-a-year job after admitting Thursday that he assaulted his wife when he pushed her against a wall and bloodied her face. Still, his wife, Mary -- who said Cleveland kicked her down the stairs, hit her in the head with a remote control and in the face with a gun -- said she would be willing to take back the man she says has beat her for many years. "I leave the ball in my...


Clyde Cleveland may get plea deal to avoid a trial
February 15, 2001
Detroit News

DETROIT -- A special prosecutor planned to offer a plea bargain to Detroit Councilman Clyde Cleveland today in a bid to avoid a trial on three felony charges. "I'm prepared to negotiate a resolution to this matter on terms that make maximum sense," said Justin Ravitz, a former Recorder's Court judge who was appointed as a special prosecutor. "If we can put this to bed without a trial, I'm quite comfortable with...