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.
So, Tuesday morning the government will be continuing with FBI agent Bob Beeckman. The FBI agent has testified at various points in the trial and I have come to equate his presence with the introduction of a slew of incriminating text exchanges that I struggle madly to keep up with.
Kwame and Bernard Kilpatrick are seated and ready at the defendants' table. Bobby Ferguson has just come in and taken his seat.
Seems that the prosecution is saying that they have 9 more days of witness testimony and the general expectation is that the whole trial should be over by the end of February.
9:08AM Judge Nancy Edmunds comments to jurors how bad traffic was this morning.
U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow questions FBI agent Beeckman.
Text exchange on October 2nd and 3rd 2003
Anwunah: Did you get the number? If not the number is XXXX. Let me know when you've faxed it.
Anwunah was a supervisor in the Rec Department
Ferguson: Let me know when you have the letter with you.
Anwunah: It's in my hotel room.....
Ferguson: I am going to see the boss today....
Anwunah: Ok I will fax as possible also i would like us to talk things over and brainstorm this.
Apparently this is a reference to the fee dispute with Walbridge.
Missed most of this exchange. Chutkow flew over it too quickly for me. I wish he would keep those texts up just a little longer.
Looking at meeting minutes from Walbridge and Ferguson Enterprises from April 22nd 2004. Meeting held at Walbridge job site. Ferguson objected to a bid opening.
Text on April 22nd 2004
Same day as the previous minutes
Ferguson: Baby creek i told you I would call on you when I needed help. help, f***ing victor, i dont need dwsd to sit on the bid opening.
Mayor: Will call in 30 minutes
Ferguson: Thanks but dont call in the meeting with Walbridge now. i find you later.
Looking at summary of payments from Walbridge to Ferguson on Baby Creek. Contract is 748, Baby Creek. Total paid to Ferguson is $13.5 million.
9:19AM Ferguson's lawyer Mike Rataj doing the cross.
Rataj introduces a bid tabulation summary for Baby Creek. Beeckman says he saw it this morning. Beeckman agrees that it was a low bid contract and that there were equalization credits to be applied.