If Bernard Parker comes and says there's a fire, I'll watch your stuff; you'd better watch your stuff.
He has to make a choice about whether he lied to the jury or lied to his boss. He thinks for a second and says I lied to my boss.
He worked for everyone: Walbridge, Ferguson.
He made a lot of mistakes. After he leaves, he says he wants to make his first client Bobby Ferguson. After this parade of lies he told.
Let's turn to 748, Baby Creek.
2:22PM Judge Calls for a 20 minute break.
2:46PM Judge Edmunds re-enters the courtroom. Court back in session.
Evelyn back at podium.
Let's talk about 748, Baby creek and Patton Park.
Government relies on Bernard Parker of all people. The bid opening was delayed due to a patent infringement.
Bid opening date was originally scheduled for October 31st. But postponed to February 6th 2003 because of a patent infringement claim.
Looking at special administrative order for the awarding of PC 748. Also asserts delay due to a patent infringement claim.
This notion of a climate of fear as articulated by Bernard Parker. Walbridge won this job and they were hardly afraid of the city.
Equalization scores put Walbridge in first place. In last paragraph, Walbridge VP Ron Hausmann says that the administrators are way over their heads with the contracts.
Next page of the exhibit, is email from Bernard Parker on February 12th. Says he spoke with Dan Edwards of DWSD and says that the city lawyers have advised Audrey Jackson, city Purchasing director, in favor of Walbridge and she concurred. So Parker had direct information from city administration. Looking at Walbridge document with 3 separate subjects for bid. There is sewer work. WPM has no entry in far right column.
Now looking at handwritten agreement with Ferguson and Wlabridge on February 14th 2003, exactly a decade ago to the day. Said they would work with Ferguson if they got the contract.
There was nothing unusual about this contract and this awarding. Odell Jones testified that it was a competitive bid and Ferguson won it. He was selected without any shenanigans whatsoever.
Now let's talk about the 3D State Arts Grant. Bullotta showed you pictures and said that Ferguson through fraud got the grant and got himself a presidential-style office. He was renovating the office for his own use and for work training.
The government's own exhibits demonstrate that. Photocopies of each of the checks. One for $37,000 to interior design company. Some of the renovations were from 3D funds and others from Ferguson's funds because they were split.
Look at series of invoice more than $19,000 paid by Ferguson Enterprises. Only a portion paid to Airtec. Marilyn Ferguson sent the information to the state. Letter was sent by the state. They tell her that the reason they terminated the grant was because of the house on Meyers St and that she hadn't used $32,000. This entire thing was transparent and they used this transparency against her. How could the state say that part of the reason they terminated the grant because she didn't spend everything she had?
Witness testimony related to gaming commission. This relates to portion of trial where 3 sisters testified to being told by Bobby to sign checks to Kilpatrick for Mayor so that there could be multiple donations made.
Talking about Derrick Miller. At one point he is asked and says that Ferguson was exceeding limits on demolition contracts. That Ferguson was being favored by the administration.
Journal from City Council showed that there were 10 contractors who got demolition contracts. All 10 contractors had extensions granted. there were more houses to be demolished. Ferguson's company was in the middle, didn't get the most or the least.
There were 9 other contractors in same situation not charged with racketeering. Another allegation offered up for racketeering is the Heilmann Recreation Center. Remeber that Akinusi said he was first interviewed in September about his so-called claims. He basically suggests that Xcel got the contract that was rigged. That Xcel was unqualified and did no work at all. I taxed the judge's patience by showing you all the documents that showed how much work Xcel did.
Akinwusi had an ax to grind. Akinwusi's company JOA had majority interest in the project. Mike Woodhouse takes over the project.