Thomas says you went to the office at least 18 times or more?

Bullotta objects.

Bell says I could do that because I was his fund-raiser.

Thomas says you went 18 times to give him cash. Bell answers slowly and annoyed: YES SIR.

Thomas says you went through EPU? Bell says I'd call Iris and did not have to go through EPU.

Thomas says wasn't EPU there? Bell says I didn't have to tell them why I was there.

But weren't they there?

Bell says the prosecutor will not be sentencing me.

You lied to agent Sauer first time you met him? Yes I did.

You committed a federal crime? Yes.

1:01PM Bullotta redirects.

Why did you change statements? Because when I talked to my attorney, he said if you don't tell the truth, I can't work with you. I went home and was so nervous for my life. So I called Bradley.

Bell's voice cracking.

"It is very hard for me to talk about Mr. Kilpatrick and my word against his."

You didn't want to make him look greedy says Bullotta.

1:03PM Thomas redirects.

Didn't you say petty? Was it petty or greedy? Bell is crying.

Thomas asks incredulously you thought you were helping Kwame Kilpatrick by increasing money you gave him to not seem petty?

Thomas says would you answer my questions. Stop playing with papers.

Bullotta objects saying he is argumentative. Judge sustains.

Judge adjourns court.


As was widely anticipated, government witness Emma Bell testified in court today. Bell told a rapt courtroom how she paid former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick kickbacks in his office from money stuffed in her bra.

Bell is the first cooperating witness to testify in the Kwame Kilpatrick federal corruption trial.

She plead guilty to tax evasion last year and signed a plea agreement with the government. Under sentencing guidelines, Bell is facing 18 to 24 months in prison but the government may opt to reduce that amount by half after her testimony.