Bartlett said the draft letter was sent to Don Gilmer.
Prosecution asks if Bartlett took any other actions. Bartlett said he was waiting for direction from Gilmer. Bartlett said Gilmer asked him to try and get an appoint with Lucille Taylor who was counsel with Gov. Engler.
He said he contacted her office and tried to set up an appointment but it didn't happen.
Prosecution asks if the draft letter was sent out to his knowledge.
Bartlett said no. He also said he didn't know why.
11:02 AM: Break ends. It appears Jim Thomas, attorney for Kilpatrick will begin the cross examination of Kelly Bartlett.
Thomas asks Bartlett if he recognizes Kilpatrick.
Thomas said he wants to get something out of the way right away.
Thomas asks if Bartlett did an investigation into his concerns about whether grant money was used for campaign funds. Bartlett said he did to the best of his ability.
Thomas asks if Bartlett found any information that would suggest the money from the grant was donated to Kilpatrick campaign. Bartlett said he did not find anything.
Thomas talks about Kilpatrick as a state legislator, one of the youngest members and the leader of the Democratic caucus. He asks Bartlett to explain what the caucus is to the court.
Thomas asks if the Detroit 3D and Vanguard grants were given to people in Kilpatrick's district. Bartlett said he could not say if they were in Kilpatrick's district but in the city of Detroit for sure.
Thomas begins talking about Gov. Engler wanting to get his budget passed and whether he had difficulty doing so.
Bartlett said yes, and that year they had the unique situation that they had a surplus of money. He said they difficulty it presented as working with the state budget's office it was quite difficult for individual subcommittees to do budget discipline. He said it was difficult to go back to them to go back and say your program only needs a 5% increase, not an 8% increase he gave as an example.
Thomas asks if it became sort of a deadlock until the budget passed. Bartlett said he didn't know if he would characterize that, but he said it was a difficulty.
Thomas asks if Bartlett saw the arts and cultural grants in the budget as a way to make it easier to pass the budget.
They begin to talk about a supplemental budget.
Bartlett explains supplemental budget. He said at this point the budget for the current budget year as already passed and the supplemental is a supplement to that fiscal year.
In the case of the grant program, he said with the environment they were in with the extra money, Gov. Engler and the budget's office were getting a number of requests.
Bartlett said in the course of the conversations and as people became aware of the news of extra money, the requests for additional programs increased. He said the governor's office said they had to find a way to direct people that if you have a district need, here is an avenue to direct your folks.
Thomas asks if that would be the grant program. Bartlett said that was one way.
Bartlett said this was the first year the grants were done this way. I believe he means through the arts and grants program.
Thomas asks if the grants are broadly written. Bartlett said yes.
Thomas asks if there were written rules and regulations to the arts and grants program.