There are a lot of people looking for an angle to get government business who looked to Bernard. And now they have the nerve to say he extorted them. Cunningham cries he was extorted after being caught in sting operation.
Kado used Bernard to expand his business empire. When he's caught, says he's extorted.
Rosendall who had no objection to Bernard and then betrayed him. Bribes a councilwoman and then cries he's extorted.
"It's Alice in Wonderland down the rabbit hole kind of stuff," says Shea. "Where the manipulators and fixers become victims."
He is not guilty of these charges. Canonization is not part of this. Acquit him.
I want to sit down but have things to say about the 2 tax charges. Agent Schuch discussed an estimate- not something she can say is totally accurate. More important for 2004, the submission has to be subscribed under penalty of perjury. And it's not. the electronic filing authorization form contains the statement under penalty of perjury doesn't sign that.
This is a perjury statute. In this case, the tax preparers forgot to get the penalty of perjury signature.
2005, different case. He signed an electronic filing authorization and certainly $180,000 is material. But is it willful? Think about how little contact they had with him.
The fact that he did not call it out to them does not mean it is deliberate and willful.
I ask you after all this time to acquit him. Thank you.
Shea kisses his wife.
11:34AM Shea is done and Judge Edmunds says we are on lunch break until 1:00PM. Gerald Evelyn for Bobby Ferguson will present the last closing arguments in this trial.
The 26th annual Soul Food luncheon is seriously going on here in the Theodore Levin US Courthouse. There are throngs of people on the second floor eating absurd amounts of fried chicken, ribs, baked macaroni and cheese and yams.
The defense team in the Kwame Kilpatrick federal corruption trial, however, opted for a more low-key lunch across from the courthouse at the Gateway Deli.
One defendant was busy getting his hair cut. Bobby Ferguson and WDIV's Kevin Dietz sat next to each other getting haircuts in the Buehl building.
12:59PM And we're back. Last closing argument from the defense team will be from Gerald Evelyn for Bobby Ferguson.
Ferguson's wife Marilyn "Cookie" Johnson is apparently in the courthouse supporting her husband.
1:04PM Judge Edmunds enters the courtroom.
Evelyn approaches the podium and introduces himself.
The first thing I want to do is thank you on my behalf, my client's behalf, Mike Rataj's and Susan Van Dusen.
This trial has been a long odyssey. Going to assume that you remember testimony better than the lawyers.
There have been lots of interruptions. Thanking you not just to be polite but thanking you genuinely for being here. This is a cross-section of our city.
Have given up things to be here, leisure time and family.
You could have said you wouldn’t serve. And if you hadn't, we wouldn't have this jury.
For giving up the things you had to give up, we thank you.