Winston & Strawn chairman Dan Webb was quoted in an article titled "Mayor's Attorneys Blame Media, Politics for Outcome of Case" that was published in the September 4, 2008 edition of The Detroit News.
The article discusses Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's decision to plead guilty to felony charges, which forced him out of office after months of controversy. Kilpatrick was ordered to serve four months in jail and fined $1 million, while several pending charges were dropped.
Dan Webb, who is one of several of Kilpatrick's attorneys, said that Kilpatrick felt the "deck was stacked against him" and, among other things, feared that he couldn't get a fair trial.
Webb said the mayor and his wife decided Thursday morning to accept the plea deal because he loved his family and the city enough to stop the pain that has existed since the ordeal began.
In a related story titled "Deal Finalized Just Before Hearing" in September 5, 2008 edition of The Detroit News, Webb said Kwame Kilpatrick's final decision to accept any deal and plead guilty was not made until shortly before his scheduled court date. "This was an extraordinarily difficult decision to make," Webb said. "He wanted his day in court and he wanted to continue to be mayor."