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.
The prosecution is in the process of wrapping up its case in the Kwame Kilpatrick federal corruption trial. Just a matter of days now.
Prosecution could rest as early as tomorrow, but that's pushing it.
More likely Monday or Tuesday next week.
Then it will be the defense's turn and there is speculation that might last just mere weeks. So the end of this trial is definitely in sight.
Kwame is sitting over by Bernard. Their seating arrangement has displaced Bernard's lawyer John Shea who is sort of hovering waiting to take his seat at the defendants' table.
Yesterday we finished up the session with FBI agent Bob Beeckman testifying about Bernard's wire tapped conversation. Bernard was taped essentially talking about trying to get a contractor kicked off the Book Cadillac renovation project.
9:06AM Judge Nancy Edmunds enters the courtroom.
Counsel approaches the judge's bench.
9:11AM US Attorney Michael call Bullotta questions FBI agent Bob Beeckman.
Discussing the wiretapped call from 02/14/08 between Bernard And Shakib Deria.
"And uh...they kind arbitrarily threw them off. Not arbitrarily arbitrarily they threw them off so Jim Jenkins been bull s****** me for about .... You know I've been threatening him, I got a line on the guys that's doin this new facility at Waste Water...."
Bernard discussing the Synagro deal that Capital Waste wants a part of.
"And they tryin' to get him in you know. So I told him under no circumstances...."
"I'm trying to get someone to get something to do somethin to him. I don't know if George can take him off that thing."
Bernard still talking about getting Jenkins off the project and his Capital Waste guys on.
"But you know Betty still calling me cussing me out cause somebody else got that job now..."
Talking about his ex-wife who had environmental company that wanted onto the project.
9:17AM John Shea cross-examines Beeckman.
Shea saying that Capital Waste was a client of Bernard's that felt it wasn't getting consideration for being a Detroit-based business on the Book project where a company that was not Detroit-based was.
Beeckman says that John Francis of Capital Waste just wanted Jenkins Construction kicked off.
Beeckman says that Bernard's response is that they are from the suburbs.
Shea says that Bernard is taking up his client's cause and that's what they do. Beeckman somewhat lukewarmly concurs.
Shea says that the project was in fits and starts.
After developer was replaced Capital Waste did not get back on the job. Shea saying they really wanted back on and Bernard had been trying to discuss with Jim Jenkins for a matter of months. True says Beeckman.