Remember that Akinwusi when I questioned him said that he got involved in this project because Woodhouse approached him.
Akinwusi and Woodhouse company's are African-American as are architects SDG that they worked with.
Looking at bid proposal that Tyrone Clifton said he wrote. DBA does not intend to award contracts based on this alone.
It was RFP but not sole basis for awarding the contract. I want to talk a little about money. Money, cashier's checks. The government are unable to connect in this racketerring enterprise that Ferguson is stealing money from the city.
Kwame and Ferguson are friends. And you know what? That is not a crime. To have a friend who is the mayor.
There is nothing that connects money that Ferguson legally earned to Kilpatrick. They showed you pictures of money seized in 2009 and 2010. They claimed that this money, before then he was giving to this man. Points to Kwame.
See this man earned every dime and paid taxes on it. There are transaction records on it. He bought equipment. He paid employees. He bought bonds and insurance. We heard that sometimes Ferguson bought enhancements for his equipment to work better. You don't do that if you're cheater.
They're trying to pull the wool over your eyes!!! Don't let that happen. Most of it was not in cash. Big piles of cash are sexy.
He kept getting run out of banks. In the house where money was seized, there were 5 cashier checks for more than $500,000. they run you out of the bank. What are you going to do with your money?
It is not illegal to possess cash. the fact that he had that money is not evidence of illegal activity at all. Super Bowl tickets. Told Kwame the combination to his safe at the hotel to get the money for the tickets. Not the same thing as safe in townhouse. Kwame never even got money for tickets.
Thomas with Sauer got him to says they couldn't correlate money from Ferguson to Kwame. They did everything they could to link this. There was no link. I'm not going to belabor Mahlon Clift. Thomas did a good job with that.
Looking at Atheneum records for Mahlon clift. aside from what Thomas so clearly pointed out to it, Clift was clear in his story.
Records clearly show that if Clift met with Ferguson at the Atheneum in the fall and not June. In October, he supposedly went and gave the $40,000. That date doesn't exists. So if he wasn't there, how could you find it occurred. I was always at the Atheneum or with a girlfriend in Detroit said Clift. Were you with your girlfriend? No, I was at the Atheneum said Clift.
Looking at Soave Enterprises $2.5 billion in 2008. Lakeshore made quarter of a million in 2007. These are the victims.
Ferguson was supposed to be involved in extorting 9 contracts. Edwards testified that there are 40 to 60 contracts outstanding at any given time. Only 9 of them are supposed to be hijacked by my client. Ask yourself if that's logical. "Government is criminally incompetent to make that allegation."
They claim that he put the money in the Civic Fund to give to Kwame. Why would he put it in the Civic Fund instead of giving it to him? Why would the $75,000 be anything but a contribution?
The allegation is that Walbridge refused to add Ferguson to their team and they lost $140 million contract. so if you bid a contract and lost it, it had to be because of Bobby Ferguson. we have to rely on the esteemed Mr. Parker for that. there is no evidence for that.
Looking at email from Hausmann of Walbridge to CEO John Rakolta in January 2007. Saying they reached out to Ferguson.
Another internal email, from Scott Penrod. Looking to push back a week. Email from Bernard Parker in 2007. Shows they got it pushed back wothout Ferguson.
Who wins 755? Lakeshore. Shows contract value is for more than $157 million. I guess Bobby didn't have any pull.
I'm almost tired. you are getting tired. I am too. this is the last time I will have a chance to address you on this case. Prosecutor goes first and last. Defense lawyers always sick about that even though that's the way it should be.
Wanted to address the things are important. when Mr. Chutkow gets up here tomorrow. he will probably raise some questions. Good lawyer that he is, he will probably raise things I didn't say. In the jury room, you'll have to answer for me. Evelyn would have said this. Based on the evidence, Bobby is a tough-minded, sometimes coarse, active person because that's how he succeeded in business. Believe me this case is important to him so he's engaged. He's tough minded and has learned hard knocks the hard way. He has succeeded not like victims in this case.
It's true that people in that business are hard driving and aggressive. Angelo D'Alessandro who tries to drive him off the contract.
Bobby Ferguson is a real company. Real employees. Real equipment. He followed admonition of his father to never be a pass-through. It can be much more expensive and cause problems to not be a pass-through, like Charlie Williams. That's why they want a pass-through for money. For me it's emotional because it's like civil movement.
Motor City Make over according to Derrick Miller saved city millions of dollars. Guy from CAT said he loaned equipment because he knew that he'd bring it back.