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So, defense closing arguments will continue today at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse. Bernard Kilpatrick's defense lawyer John Shea was dramatically interrupted Tuesday afternoon when two sick jurors bolted from the courtroom.
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Kwame Kilpatrick had his final words in the form of his lawyer Jim Thomas's closing arguments. Kwame's family including wife Carlita, 3 sons, sister Ayanna Kilpatrick and mother Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick all appeared in the courtroom in a familial show of support.
Wondering if Shea will take up where he stopped or if he will just start all over again. It's questionable if the sick jurors were able to properly concentrate on what he was saying.
9:05AM Judge enters and says there is additional jury instruction that is not problematic.
Judge tells Shea that jurors have requested he start over. I'm a psychic!
Shea starts over. Says it's not a bad thing. Will not completely start over by discussing age, family and work experience. Doesn't have to retread all the ground.
Correcting misstatement. Kwame and Bernard would not have been in the same building but the point is the same that it would have been problematic.
Bernard started Maestro Consultants. Consultants act as representatives for state, federal government with issues that their client has.
Talking about how they do it. By having personal relationships with people that permit them to pick up a phone and make call. Gives them access. Also by having knowledge of how government processes work.
Bernard, in particular, was valuable as a consultant. the greater the network, the greater the experience, the more valuable the consultant is. Bernard had both in spades.
Lots of consultants used in this case. nothing wrong with Bernard being a consultant. No more illegal for him to act in that capacity than Curtis Herrel, Conrad Mallett, who also had personal relationship with mayor by working in Kwame's first campaign. nothing illegal or improper about being consultants.
Bernard was not always successful as a consultant. He did not get what he wanted all the time. We heard from Derrick miller. Bernard took his lumps.
Government argument for Bernard is that they claim he used business and personal relationships to extort people. They presented 5 chapters in this case regarding Bernard to illustrate this. I think they failed utterly.
In closing the discussed 3, Marc Andre Cunningham, Karl Kado and James Rosendall.
2 they did not discuss Jon Rutherford and Capital Waste.
Rutherford knew Bernard for some years prior to meeting Kwame. Rutherford testified that shortly after Kwame became mayor, Cassandra Smith Grey approached Rutherford and askes if he had a contract for Bernard. Rutherford advised Bernard and described why he thought that Bernard would be valuable to him. He had relationships with people, including the mayor. The relationships were one reason.
Second, Bernard had extensive career in government that deals with private sector.
He thought it valuable to have someone with Bernard's level of experience to assist in government relationships.
Example of work in first 13 months for Rutherford: obtained real estate records for properties on the waterfront for the convention center plans, collected information for tower placements, Rutherford was owed money by the county for mental health services and he asked Bernard to help collect that money. Bernard was doing things for the money. that was in 2002 and Rutherford testified in 2012.
Bernard was paid monthly for 13 months, typically about $10,000. Rutherford paid other consultants as well similarly: Curits Hertel, Six Communications that he paid monthly as well.
Look how the relationship ended. Bernard made $10,00 a month which is pretty good change and leaves to take position with Wayne County Mental Health board. There was nothing extortionate in the least about it. and there was nothing to do with Kwame at all.
Kado is someone who said that Bernard extorted for no work over $180,000 to $300,000 depending on the day that Kado is remembering for no work. We got used to hearing different stories under government questioning and defense cross. Kado would flip flop from one sentence to the next , no matter who was asking the questions.