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.
Attorneys are in the judges chambers. Only the three rain soaked defendants are in the courtroom.
The government is expected to rest its case today, off tomorrow, and the defense starts its case Thursday.
Litigants file-in ready to go. Michael (the rat) Rataj is at the podium ready to go!
IRS Agent Rowena Schuch in the witness stand.
Judge Edmunds enters and the jury files in.
Rataj continues questioning Agent Schuch's chart showing checks to cash/cash withdrawals made by Bobby Ferguson and his companies from 2002 to 2008.
Rataj is challenging the math used to arrive at the totals on the IRS Chart. The exhibit is very hard to see, so we are in the unfortunate position to have to take the word of the defense.
5 checks that add up to $10,200 are shown in a personal account of Bobby Ferguson on the chart. Agent Schuch is checking the documents and has agreed.
In the seven years that are covered in this chart, Ferguson only personally cashed these five checks.
We now move on to college funds for the five Ferguson Children. The chart shows eight business account and one personal account, but don't include the college funds. The inference is some cash withdrawals were for the college accounts.
The IRS Chart does not include the payees other than Ferguson and cash.
Rataj has now isolated some checks that appear to be pay checks for Bobby Ferguson, and another $12k check with the memo "parts." Another $21k check with the memo "graphics." And, another for $12k had the memo "ws 863 8 mile asphalt pavement."
The government made no reference to these memos written on the checks that make it appear many of the checks made to cash were for business expenses.
Rataj is not producing any receipts to verify any of these checks were actually used for the purposes written in the memo lines but, the defense doesn't have that burden.
Two cashiers checks have been shown were paid to Florida A&M and Lane Universities for Fergusons daughters.
The Government reviewed 60 to 70 certificates of deposits and bank accounts held by Ferguson and his family to verify the checks to cash were not deposited into any of these accounts.
Rataj is finished - 20 minute break.
During the break Kwame was downing the Slim-fast, which was purchased by a man who appeared to be one of his fans (supporters?)
10:38AM - side bar
Back in session - re-direct from Jennifer Blackwell.