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DETROIT — More text messages from Kwame Kilpatrick’s time as Detroit mayor could be released to the public.

A Wayne County judge approved a deal Friday that calls for him to look at messages that suggest public corruption. Judge Robert Colombo says anything resembling sexually explicit messages between Kilpatrick and his chief of staff won’t be released.

Colombo’s role is part of a settlement between the city of Detroit, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.

Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty will have an opportunity to object to messages before their release but they’ll be required to acknowledge they wrote them.

Kilpatrick and Beatty went to jail for obstruction of justice after text messages showed they lied about their extramarital affair at a civil trial in 2007. Kilpatrick quit as mayor last year.

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