Local 4 is inside the courtroom for the federal corruption trial of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick's dad Bernard Kilpatrick and his childhood friend Bobby Ferguson. Each day we bring you information from inside federal court as it happens.
It's day 49 in the Kwame Kilpatrick federal corruption trial at the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse. Last Friday, defendant Bobby Ferguson's lawyer Gerald Evelyn filed a motion in this courthouse to delay and reschedule the retrial of his bid-rigging case. Currently, the retrial is scheduled for April 2nd. Evelyn asked Judge David Lawson to adjourn that date, however, because this current trial is taking longer than anticipated and it would be difficult to get an unbiased jury so soon after the constant media barrage on this case.
9:01AM Judge Nancy Edmunds enters the court room. Ferguson's other lawyer Susan Van Dusen is back in the courtroom, greeting everyone with kisses on the cheeks.
Mark Chutkow for the government will question the new witness.
Judge explaining that FBI agent Bob Beeckman will not continue testimony because we will be hearing from Derrick "Zeke" Miller.
Chutkow says he gave exhibit list to defense team on Miller over the weekend.
9:06AM Derrick Miller was Chief Administrative officer for the city of Detroit. Was an adviser to Mayor Kilpatrick who he reported to. Was part of the cabinet of the city. In early 2006 changed jobs to Chief Information Officer until October 2007 when he left city government. Was in charge of network infrastructure as Chief Information officer. Started Cityvest Capital Partners after he left government, consulted and did investments in small companies.
Miller went to Cass Tech where he met Kilpatrick. Met in 9th grade English class and played basketball together. Christine Beatty was also at Cass Tech with them. He then went to Jackson State where he had a baseball scholarship with a degree in biology. Came back to Detroit where he worked for Detroit public schools and real estate.
Then worked for Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Kwame Kilpatrick's mother. She was a U.S. congresswoman at the time. He worked for her for 4 years from 1997 to late 2000.
Miller attended Kwame's wedding and Kwame was best man at Miller's wedding.
Miller and Kwame discussed Kwame taking Cheeks Kilpatrick's seat in the state house. Talked with Kwame's family and Beatty about his running for state representative. Miller was going to be volunteer coordinator getting people to work on the campaign.
In 2001, Miller became deputy Chief of Staff for Kilpatrick. Alan Canady was Chief of Staff at the time.
Kilpatrick and Miller traveled the state together drumming up support for Kilpatrick.
Application for state arts grant, a cultural arts grant for a couple of non profits doing community work. Looking at a fax to Kelly Bartlett. It's an application for 3D to get funding for cultural grants. Bartlett worked for the State Budget Office. From the desk of Sharron Solomon who worked for state representative Kilpatrick. Understood that the application was for youths and homeless. Miller also discussing Vanguard which was run by Donna Williams- Miller mentions that Carlita ended up working with one of the non-profits.
Miller says that Marilyn Johnson, Ferguson's wife, ran 3D. The witness says that Kilpatrick asked him to meet with Bartlett about the funding to see what the hold-up was. Miller says Kilpatrick was "miffed" about the hold up.
9:20AM Bartlett said that Vanguard had made mention of Carlita Kilpatrick in one of their submittals. He was concerned about her involvement.
Miller met with Bartlett at the State Budget Office about the non-allocation of funds. Bartlett told him that the proper documentation for the remaining funds had not been submitted.
Miller let representative Kilpatrick the outcome of the meeting.
Kwame looking very serious and listening closely to Miller's testimony.
Kilpatrick's reaction to the meeting with Bartlett was to try to get the information from "Cookie", Marilyn Johnson, to provide to the State Budget Office.
Miller said he spoke to Johnson and possibly Ferguson about putting the documentation together. Miller saw some of the documentation and it was not in the format that Bartlett from the SBO had requested. Miller told Johnson it was inadequate and that they needed better documentation. She agreed. Miller told Ferguson the same. Ferguson mentioned that a building had been purchased for runaway teens for 3D. Miller said they planned to use remaining funds to update the facility. Miller saw some invoices for purchase of the property.
Miller got the sense that the paperwork didn't exist and had to be put together. Never saw the building that was meant to house the runaways.
Looking at a picture of a residential property on Meyers St.
Kilpatrick concerned Ferguson and Johnson didn't have proper documentation but also felt they were being picked on.