There's no one piece of paper that will help you decide this case.
Evelyn puts up a document followed by a DLZ letter that lays out subcontracts under contract and who they will be assigned to including Hayes and Ferguson Enterprises.
Memo from Victor Mercado to Audrey Jackson in 2004. Describes combined cost being $3,805,000. Talks about Hayes and FEI being Detroit-based and minority businesses.
This was not a product of corruption. But because of successful performance on the pilot project.
2014 and 2015 sibling contracts. Joint venture won both contracts. Daryl Latimer and Dan Edwards testified that previously, DWSD could award both contracts to same contractor. After Kwame came into office, that stopped.
If there is a Kilpatrick Enterprise, why would he change that policy? Mercado was a very good director.
There was concern about DLZ being a properly certified business. Latimer testified that DWSD was headquartered in Ohio. So this concern began within DWSD.
Looking at letter from May 5th 2006 from Daryl Latimer. Letter says that DWSD, not mayor's office, needs proof of certification for headquarter.
Memo from May 2006, to Kim Harris of Human Rights. DWSD has started an investigation into certification of DLZ.
Latimer testified that his belief was that they were headquartered in Ohio.
Let's talk about the work on 2014. I want to highlight these things and draw your attention.
2014. The government has maintained that E & T was a proxy for Ferguson. I was insulted when I heard that term. You heard testimony from Theo Simmons with E & T. He testified that it is not a proxy.
Their families knew each other, Theo and Eric Simmons and Ferguson. They were mentored by Ferguson.
It's not like Mr. Soave concocted with Charlie Williams.
One of the important things for Ferguson is this belief that minority fronts were bad for the city. Remember Odell Jones. How the money gets passed through and keeps the rest of the money.
In this situation, it's a good example of how a company is mentored. They had 2 trucks but had a real company. Ferguson approached them about the 8 mile job. They were kind of reluctant because they were a small company. They hired more employees and got equipment.
I asked him how he felt when he finished the project and he said it felt good.
Mentoring is not having a company on your bid as if they're real. With no employees or equipment. That's trickery.
You remember that Ferguson helped them further with giving them building on Military.
So it's really an insult to him after all that work to call him a proxy.
The government wants to criminalize their relationships. Because that's what they need to do to convince you there is racketeering.
Simmons told you that on 214, they never saw A & H until Fox Creek.
You heard from Lewis McVay. Tom Hardiman wasn't even out there. He talked about what has to be done to secure water mains. The government tried to misuse the text message where Ferguson was supposedly laughing at Mr. Hayes.
Mr. McVay tells you what happened with flooding out on a Saturday. Asked him if A & H was out there. He said that someone was identified to him as an owner.
When this event occurs, who would get summoned? Bobby Ferguson. They get someone who has a real company, with real employees and equipment and has real expertise.