Now being shown by Thomas.
4/4/06 Human Rights Department
This is a log sheet unearthed by Kilpatrick’s attorney from the Human Rights Department questioning the status of another company called Sigma.
Thomas is making the point that Harris’s job was to investigate if companies claiming to be Detroit based actually are Detroit based.
The government objects and the judge says Thomas is off topic, big time.
Judge Edmunds tells Thomas how he can pose his question, and Thomas jumps on it: “That’s a great question why don’t you answer it.”
The courtroom erupts in laughter.
“I’m not trying to shine up to you, judge.” Thomas says.
Judge Edmunds: “Riiiiight.”
Jim Thomas is working as hard as a defense attorney can work to push back as hard as he can for his client, Kwame Kilpatrick. It’s a critical point in this trial. Harris has linked Kilpatrick to his direct involvement in killing off a company’s chances at a big city contract so that Ferguson would get it.
The person who told Harris to make those moves is now dead. Who will the jury believe? Kilpatrick has a lot of years in prison staring him in the face. Kilpatrick looks bored stiff, by the way.
May 19th 2006 memo being shown stating that DLZ’s status as Detroit Headquartered was “still in process.” It’s Harris’s job to find out if this company deserved to be awarded points in the bidding process by having a majority of it’s leadership and employees working in Detroit to give it a leg-up in the bidding process for water contracts.
Thomas says DLZ was located in the Murphy Building downtown.
The attorneys are holding a side-bar with the judge.
Edmunds says there are some documents they need to discuss as it relates to “admissibility” as it relates to this witness.
This break will be longer than usual, Judge Edmunds says.
There is a break in testimony now as both sides argue in open court over these documents.
Thomas, on the record is saying Harris’s failure to look further into a company’s certification is something Thomas should be able to explore.
This is giving key insight into Thomas’s strategy.
U.S. Attorney Bullotta calls this a mini-trial and he objects.
Judge Edmunds: “This witness has testified that he did an investigation and received input from the law department. Whether they should have been certified or not is not this witness’s responsibility!”
Thomas says he wants to show tax information showing that DLZ was not a Detroit business.
Edmunds says no. “Sorry.”
Thomas asks to show a variety of documentation showing that DLZ wasn’t Detroit-based and his request is rejected by the judge.