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.
8:58AM The monitors turn on and the only person in the courtroom is Bobby Ferguson's attorney Susan Van Dusen.
I suspect given the bad weather we'll be late getting started this morning.
None of the defendants are in the courtroom. Kwame Kilpatrick was released this morning the lockup facility where he spent the weekend. Kilpatrick violated parole by failing to disclose all his financial transactions last fall. He still owes the city of Detroit more than $850,000 in restitution payments.
9:05AM People are slowly streaming into the courtroom. Bernard Kilpatrick is first of the defendants to arrive and it sounds like Kwame is still in the security line to enter the courthouse building. Guess he can blame Michigan Corrections for not letting him out early enough this morning.
9:10AM Here comes Kwame. He heads straight for Bernard and gives him a big hug. Then he heads for Van Dusen and gives her a big hug too.
9:12AM Judge Nancy Edmunds enters the courtroom. US Attorney Michael Bullotta says he has one more question for IRS agent Carl Selz, the last witness to testify on Friday.
Jury enters and is seated.
Selz takes the stand again.
Bullotta asks if the witness is part of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Witness says that he cannot use the designation until he completes further education.
9:15AM Jim Thomas cross examines.
Thomas says that witness is not a special investigator for the IRS. Witness agrees.
Witness agrees that he made a mistake when he testified that he was a Certified Fraud Examiner. Also agrees that it is his total responsibility for not paying his dues.
Thomas asks if he had to go to classes to be a Certified Fraud Examiner. No says witness- basically you pay dues and get in.
Witness says you join and every year you have to have continuing education to keep certification.
Witness says he looked it up on a website and his certification has been suspended for over a year.
Witness agrees that he works mostly in auditing and that is different from tax reviews.
Thomas asks if audit procedure was used for Kwame. Not to my knowledge says witness.
Thomas says witness was one of 2 auditors looking at this case in preparation for trial. Selz says he was called as a summary witness but never worked with special agent on this investigation.
Witness says he got a call to work on the case a few months before the trial began.
Thomas asks witness if he remembers sitting behind him and Kwame in September and Thomas asking him to move because he was an agent. Witness does.
Witness agrees that he was brought on to the case after the grand jury indicted.
Witness says he is on as a tech adviser. Thomas asks if there were times the government did not take his advice. Witness says that Bullotta listened closely to everything he said and there was never an item that he threw out there that the US Attorney said they wouldn't follow.
Thomas asks him to explain how he was in any way inconsistent. Witness talking about the $90,000 given from Ferguson to Kwame. Witness says he suggested that it not be listed as income and it was taken off the schedule.