Now let's talk about 1368. The Inland contract where Ferguson was supposedly forced in by Kwame.
This is Soave's $50 million contract. Soave under cross admits he is a multi-billionaire and doesn't even know how many companies he owns. He is a fortune 500 company. Rataj suggested he was worth $2 billion and he said no that's what he grossed annually.
Kwame is a newly elected mayor. Saove is one of the most important businessmen in the state. He supported Kwame's opponent. The first meeting he had was right after Kwame got elected. Who called that meeting. Kilpatrick went to him and said I want to extend the olive branch. He sits down and says that he wants to basically win him over. Talks to Soave and said you supported my opponent but I want to establish a relationship.
He's got the upper-hand, he's the billionaire. Kwame is a 31 year-old new mayor.
Soave says that after talking to some of his employees about 1368, he talks to Kwame about that and other things. So he goes there and this man is going to offer him an ultimatum.
Does that make any sense?
What did Soave say? When questioned by Rataj, said he wanted a good relationship with mayor in the town he works in.
He says that Kwame may have implied to use Ferguson.
Why is that important? Under oath, he says I think he may have implied it. Different from grand jury which is private. Testimony is public and is going to be in the media.
Rataj questioned him further and he said other things. Kwame never told him that he had to use Ferguson.
Fear of economic harm. This man who grosses billions annually is going to get crushed financially.
In one sequence of events, he said that Ferguson wanted a joint venture and he said he told him to eff himself. That's the real guy.
He does business all over the country and has relationships with politicians. All cities have favorite contractors and none of them have allegations of corruption.
1368 was never held up.
Charlie Williams, the subcontractor Soave wanted to use, did not have employees or equipment.
Ferguson had millions of dollars worth of equipment. Mr. Zervos testified that he bonded and insured him and never once had a complaint. He said that's special.
People try to get advantages all kinds of ways. Never happened once to him and he is supposed to be a crook.
Looking at document relating 1325 and 1368. Made sense that inland should get this contract. Not Lakeshore.
Latimer testified that contracts usually processed in 18 months.
Let's talk about the sinkhole. This was also never held up.
My colleague Mr. Thomas was able to get Bernard Parker III to say "wow" when confronted with the real story.
There were no interruptions on 1368. They were getting paid twice a month sometimes.
Now on to contract 864. No testimony on 864. Not a single witness on it.
On to Bernard Parker. Recall that I questioned under cross. He is tethered to the government. He acknowledged that he lied in this case on this witness stand, he said he would lie to suit his purpose.
Does that mean that you can trust what he tells you? It means I will lie when it suits my purpose. You certainly can't trust it.