Local 4 is inside the courtroom for the federal corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick's dad Bernard Kilpatrick and his childhood friend Bobby Ferguson. Each day we bring you information from inside federal court as it happens.
Brrr!!!! It is one cold morning today. I was anticipating a long line and then realized it's not immigration day!
Jim Thomas, Kwame Kilpatrick's defense lawyer, seems to be conferring with Susan Van Dusen and Mike Rataj, Bobby Ferguson's lawyers, as Bernard Kilpatrick listens on.
Bernard has been the main topic of testimony of the current witness, James Rosendall, a former executive with Synagro Technologies. John Shea, Bernard's lawyer, will wrap up his cross-examination this morning.
9:04AM Judge Nancy Edmunds enters the courtroom and calls for an immediate sidebar with counsel before the jurors enter the courtroom.
Jurors filter in and take a seat.
John Shea takes up his cross of Rosendall.
December 4th, 2007 meeting with Bernard and Akumma Olumba at the Pancake House. Shea wants to focus on the end of that meeting regarding a discussion on how things were in the county. Witness remembers that conversation- carving up deals with the county similar to carving up deals with Synagro.
Rosendall says he felt that when Bernard was part of the county he was involved in some deals with the county that were similar to the Synagro deal.
Playing a portion of conversation from December 4th 2007- expanded version of end of Pancake House meeting. Transcripts passed to jurors.
Can hear the din of the restaurant. Can hear Rosendall laughing.
Shea says there is discussion about Detroit City Council, Bernard says it was difficult to trust some City Council members' words when they told one something. Rosendall says he can't see that on the transcript.
Some snippets of conversation:
"Used to most people liking but not lying like this." Bernard about the council
"When you get up to Council, it's a whole different ballgame." More Bernard pearls of wisdom.
"Don't worry about a thing, I'm going to take care of you," what Bernard says Council would say and not to trust it.
Bernard about being Commissioner: "If you tell someone you're going to do something, do it." Shea says he is contracting what he did as Commissioner what he discussed with other Commissioners versus how City Council acts.
Olumba overheard saying:" More money more power."
Shea says there is no mention on contracts. Rosendall says no mention of contracts just about carving stuff up.
Shea says that the agreement that Bernard had with Synagro was with Rayford Jackson. Correct says Rosendall.
Shea says you didn't view that agreement business.
"I didn't want to be a part of it," says Rosendall about the parceling of the agreement between Jackson and Bernard.
Shea says no one at Synagro said this is illegal about Jackson splitting with Bernard. Rosendall says they thought he had an agreement with Bernard and it was on him.