CHICAGO - Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm this week announced an accelerated schedule for holding a possible hearing on whether to remove embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from office.

Granholm sent a letter this week to the Detroit City Council announcing a date of Sept. 3 for a hearing on the mayor's removal, if she deems it necessary. Granholm also pushed forward to Aug. 22 a deadline for lawyers on both sides to file legal briefs in the case. The hearing is part of a request by the council that the governor remove Kilpatrick from office, and is separate from the council's own removal efforts.

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