Fax sent to a Michael Narn with Chicago Equity Group- on June 19th 2008.
Another communication with Jeff Beasley, Treasurer for City of Detroit.
Got Narn's info from Beasley. Got info at an office in Greektown.
May 23rd, 2008- another letter inviting them to participate in an evening for the Kilpatrick Civic Fund Thursday June 26th event at the Antheneum Hotel and talks about contribution to give. Asks for between $1,000 and $10,000.
The document says OK $10,000.
Bullotta says do you recognize handwriting. No she says.
Bullotta says do you know what it signifies. Bell says I can't answer yes or no. I don't know whose writing it is. Sometimes if it was sent back, it would say ok I give 1k, 5k or 10k.
"I know this sounds really crazy but most of this stuff was kept right here."
"Sometimes took check at the door." Someone else took records other than Emma Bell (talking about herself in 3rd person.)
Christopher Jackson business person in Detroit. Probably Chair of the Civic Fund Committee for the year. Needed a name to put on the letter.
Bell says he was picked because he was a young business person. Picked some one who would be recognized for larger donation.
Letter went out by fax to person in Chicago.
Recognizes document about info on Civic Fund: "promote neighborhood activities to better community, provide info to Michigan residents about legislative, Detroit residents on voting, participate in activities to better image of Detroit and northwest, support crime prevention in northwest Detroit.
Also in Document: sponsored get out the vote rallies, co-sponsored charity little league football on northwest side of Detroit, contributing to seminars on economic development and empowerment, Civic fund active in improving lives of people in Detroit "none of the money goes to any political campaign."
William Phillips says Bell was a young attorney in city of Detroit. He provided backup info to Bell on Civic Fund
9:51AM Bullotta asks about Nicole Sodko who worked for Phillips. A paralegal.
Asks about checks. Bell says sometimes came by mail or night of event. Bell says checks would be Xeroxed and taken to the office. Xerox was for the records.
Bell would give checks to Sodko. Office was in the Ren Cen. Sodko would come downstairs so either Ball or driver would give them to her. Bell doesn't drive so Burris was the driver.
Bell didn't deposit checks. Gave them to Sodko.
Bullotta asks how she was paid. Bell said she was paid 10 to 15% of what was raised. A commission.
Bullotta says I want to take you back to August 2003.
Shows Bell government exhibit EB 6.
Shows her $100,000 check payable to her from Kipatrick for Mayor from July 30 event. Bell doesn't remember if it was for a fund-raiser.
First time she was paid for a fund-raising event.
Bullotta says do you know who gave it to you. Either Kwame or Christine Beatty.
Bell says her checks either came from the treasurer, Mr. Terrell, or Beatty or Kilpatrick.
On the first check, Bell talked to Kwame to thank him. "He said I was welcome and I'll see you later."
Kwame and Bernard very intent on her testimony.
Bullotta says what else did he say. "He asked if I had something for him."
"It's not easy for me to be here sir. Not easy to answer question like that. Just wasn't easy. Based on my relationship not just with him but his family."
Bullotta had asked why it was taking her so long to answer.
Bullotta asks what did he mean. Bell says that I would come back with something for him, a package, money, money from Kilpatrick for Mayor.
Did that surprise you? Yes sir.
Did anyone else ever ask that of you? No sir.
Bell says she took to it to First Independence Bank. One was in Greektown and the other in Michigan Ave.
Bell did not put the 100k in her account. Bell says she got cashier's checks. Could only take 10k out.
"The reason is I have a serious IRS problem." on why she could only take 10k.
Talks about program that other people in courtroom were involved on, in the Youth Entitlement Program, were you were supposed to pay your own taxes. She did not do that.
Bell says she never caught up on taxes over the years. Owes some money to IRS- owes about $300,000.
"If it was $3 sir I could pay it today" says Bell when Bullotta ask if the 3 she answered was $3 owed to IRS.
Bell says she didn't want IRS to find out about money because she had a lien on her account at First Independence Bank.
Bell gave Kwame part of that first check. Bell asks to back up. Bullotta says sure.
Bell says she was once on Zoning Board for Detroit and IRS deducted from that as well.
On the 100k, got cashier's checks took the money home and put them in a can under the bed or would put it under the mattress.
Bell says she would either go back successively on days to get 10k from bank. They were made out to Emma Bell.
She eventually got cash from her cashier's checks.
Bell thinks she paid Kwame maybe 40 or 50 thousand.
Bullotta says did you give it all at once. Bell says she couldn't do that. Had to keep going to bank.
Bell would either got to the office or home of Kwame to give money.
Angela Burris mostly drove her to locations for money giving. Bell would call secretary Iris O'hana and ask if Kwame was there that "I needed to come over for a minute."
Burris would sit outside in a car. Bell would carry money in purse, pocket or bra. Bell carried mostly 100s some 50s but mostly 100s.
Exhibit EB 7- Bullotta asks if she recognizes documents. Yes photos of Mayor's office area.
Picture of entrance to Mayor's office on overhead. Glass door entrance to office. Second photo shows Iris's desk- around the corner is mayor's office.
Next photo, mayor's office, conference room and room with barber's chair.
When Bell would go to office, if sometimes other people would go, she'd go to the side office with barber chair to wait. When they would meet, the outer door was typically closed. Kwame would close it. Mayor would close the door. The barber chair was located in the middle of the room.
They would both sit in the barber chair and she would give him the money. Sometimes would hand bank envelopes or bigger envelopes. Would typically give him anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000 and "he would put it in his pant pocket."
Bell says they met quite a few times, enough for "what I was supposed to do."
Last photo is the Mayor's office now- Bell says it didn't used to look like that.
Bell doesn't know total amount. Was it more than 100k?
"I don't know the exact amount but I know it was more than 100k, I know it was more than 200k."
Bell says sometimes Betty called to tell her to pick up her check. Went to the city county building to pick it up. Apologizes for being old school, it's the Coleman Young building.
Bullotta says you made multiple payments on some of the checks? Yes sir.
Bullotta shows her EB 6- $85,000 payment on June 8th 2006. She got $9,747.47 in cash and the balance in cashier's checks: $75,252.53. Made payments to Lyndsey Linens, Rent-A-Center, Terry's Enchanted Garden and The Display Group (props). All those were event costs.
The rest of the cashier's checks made out to EB: one for 20k and 4 for 10k.
Bullotta shows Bell another transaction from September 19th 2007- $15,000 from Kilpatrick Civic Fund. took 4k in cash and 11k in cashier's checks.
Bullotta asks did you give any of this money to Kwame Kilpatrick? Bell seems to struggle to remember.
Bullotta offers to show a more detailed spreadsheet.
10:24AM: Bullotta shows EB 6A.
Bell thinks she gave Kwame $5,000 or $6,000.
Bullotta asks did you know that that money you were giving was coming from fund meant to help Detroit kids? Yes sir.
Bullotta: Did it bother you? Bell: "It did but I took it. I was owed it for fund-raising."
Bullotta: Why did you do it? Bell: "Hard to answer but I did it sir."
Judge calls for 10 minute break.
Everyone stands up. Bell gets up from stand, walks around to prosecution, stops briefly to talk to government. Kwame watching her the whole time, intently. As she passes Kwame on her way out the room, they lock eyes and it looks for a split second like they might talk or hug. Moment passes and she's out the door without a word.
10:43AM On her way out of courtroom, Thomas stopped Bell. Told her he respected her. She said "Thank you sir."