Kilpatrick "LOL. Let's get you some money" Ferguson "US"
What did Ferguson do with state arts grant? Sent first $100,000 to Kwame's wife.
After Kwame became mayor, Ferguson and Kwame ratched up their ambitions. Tens of millions of city dollars went to Ferguson.
Fraud, bribery and extortion. You will hear specifically about the Kilpatrick Civic Fund.
Kwame Kilpatrick used the Civic Fund like a personal ATM. Used some of it for summer camp for his kids. Of it, he gave $50,000 to father Bernard Kilpatrick and $110,000 to Christine Beatty as "soft-landing."
Plays recording of Kwame saying "We haven't used one penny of Civic campaign because it's against the law." Used $159,000.
You will hear from Emma Bell, who was his chief fundraiser, and then made her kickback half her salary in cash.
Kwame Kilpatrick charged with bribery. You will also hear from Derrick Miller who rose to be chief administrator. Miller will tell you that he had his own bribe transactions and kicked some of it back to the mayor.
Bobby Ferguson was private contractor but you will see he had unparalleled access, 24/7 access, to city hall. He could pop his head into high level meetings. With this access, came power. He could do almost anything he wanted.
9:27AM U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow. "Let's get us some money" "It's my time to get paid" These are the words of the defendants says Chutkow. They made themselves rich from the money of the city. Before Kilpatrick became mayor, his bank account looked like ours. That all changed when he became mayor of Detroit. Being mayor of Detroit not his only source of income. Month after month he deposited money in his accounts. Over $200,00 in cash in his bank accounts. As mayor he suddenly had extra cash. When his credit card bill was due, he paid in cash- $3,000-$4000 a month. Over $280,000 in bills paid in cash. His suits paid in cash. As mayor he used more than $540,000 in cash that went above his salary. Not included in taxes. Where did money come from. not his salary, rich relative or investments. When he became mayor, the flow of cash went from taking out to deposits. Vacations, custom made suits. How was it bankrolled? Another man rose to power- Bobby Ferguson. He called Kilpatrick boss. He steered 10s of millions of money towards Ferguson.
9:26AM Judge concludes
9:22AM Judge outlines juror conduct. Jurors not to talk to anyone about the case. "It's your verdict we want in this case." Jurors are encouraged to take notes. There will be a 3 hole photograph binder so that jurors can take notes on the pictures of the witnesses. Jurors cannot get any information from outside the confines of the courtroom. Can't discuss the case with anybody, including other jurors, until they actually deliberate. If anyone violates the instructions, judge asks to be made aware. "Opening statements are not evidence in the case- simply an outline. A completed jigsaw puzzle at the beginning to serve as an outline for the case."
9:20AM "I know that's a lot of material", the judge tells the jurors. "Should help you understand the framework."
9:15AM Judge reads the indictments. The defendants are charged with running a criminal enterprise and alleged crimes include extortion, bribery, obstruction of justice and wire and mail fraud.
9:08AM "You must make your decision based only on the evidence you see in court", Judge Nancy Edmunds tells the jurors. The jury instructions are crucial because of the plethora of evidence the jurors will be faced with.
9:05AM Judge reading preliminary instructions to jurors. Should take about 20 minutes.
9:02 a.m. Jurors filter in and are seated.
8:57 a.m. Judge calls the court to order. Defense and government lawyers introduce themselves. Courtroom has never looked so full. 2 camera different angles but unfortunately we won't get to see the jurors' faces from the media rooms. Kwame Kilpatrick is in a soberly attired in a dark suit and bow tie. Everyone looks pretty tense as they anticipate the beginning of opening statements.
About the author:
Alexandra Harland is a Princeton undergrad and has a masters degree in International affairs with Columbia. A Montreal native, she worked with the Daily Telegraph newspaper for a few years before transitioning to TV, when she worked at ABC News with Peter Jennings. Alexandra has also worked in newsrooms in both Detroit and Boston.