Doeh asking if Werdlow knew that prior to the awarding of the project on June 19th 2003 that there were text messages between Vincent Anwunah and Ferguson. Before witness can answer defense asks for a sidebar.
Werdlow says it was important for city employees to abide by the previous directives laid out. Reiterates what he has already said.
Doeh asks if he would have changed his vote known about the texts. Before witness answers, both Thomas and Evelyn object. Judge sustains so no answer to the question.
11:52AM Thomas gets up to cross-examine the witness.
Seaford Branford and Shank, current employer of the witness, used to do business with the city of Detroit.
Thomas showing witnesses a pamphlet that shows the different branches of the Kilpatrick team. The chief development officer was Walter Watkins, witness worked with him previous to their roles in the Kilpatrick administration. Thomas saying this guy had extensive experience in banking and well qualified to run his department. Very qualified agrees the witness. Talking about Chief of Staff Christine Beatty and how she ran mayoral campaigns for Kilpatrick in 2001 and 2005. Thomas asks if she was a hardworking lady. Thomas says he is trying to demonstrate that Kilpatrick's directors of departments were extremely competent. Judge says there is no issue as to their competency so move it along.
Witness asks if you want me to say if those people are competent?
Witness agrees that sometimes people disagreed with mayor at the Monday meetings about how to do things. Thomas says these were very tough meetings.
12:00PM Witness agrees that Derrick Miller didn't always follows mayor's recommendations. Witness says "Mayor didn't always take my side. Mayor didn't always take Derrick's side."
Witness says that the mayor respected his skill set and allowed him to run the finance department. Also says he can't speak for anyone else.
Witness agrees that running a city is a multi-functional job. That's correct says Werdlow.
Thomas asks are there things that the mayor might want to know but does not. Werdlow agrees that is possible.
Doeh objects, Judge overrules but we are speaking in too broad generalities.
Thomas says that the mayor is not responsible to know all the intricacies of every department. Werdlow agrees with that statement.
So, Thomas says, there were things going on in the city he did not know about. Yes says the witness.
Thomas asks if witness remembers contracting processes with law firms. Yes says the witness. Relevance apparently has to do with competency to know that the departments could do their jobs.
Kwame is agreeing fervently with witness's testimony with several affirmative head shakes.
Werdlow says he was not aware of the minority initiative instituted by Kilpatrick. Says that was in place beforehand. Thomas says yes there were other mayors and Kilpatrick that gave preference to minority businesses.
Talking about Lewis White and Clay. Judge intercedes and says they are a very fine law firm and has nothing to do with this case.
Thomas talking about minority law firms and when competing for contracts in the city. Werdlow says that question is better suited to someone in the law department.
Looking at the revised finance directive on competition for city contracts.
Werdlow says the DBA was much more focused in terms of contracting than other city departments.
Thomas talking about the directive and open and competitive process.
Werdlow says there is one common thing with all contracts- "It's always expertise and price." Wow hard to argue with that.