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.
And we're back! It's been nearly 2 full weeks of holiday break in the Kwame Kilpatrick federal corruption trial.
And it seems like it was a pretty eventful break for the defendants. Kwame has been keeping busy over the holidays by posting a series of tweets.
On Christmas day, he posted about the smattering of snow in Dallas:
Family, Food, Fun, Basketball & even snow in DFW on Christmas Day. I'm bout this life! :-) #blessedandhighlyfavored
Later on in the day, he posted a picture of his mother, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, and father and co-defendant, Bernard Kilpatrick along with the following tweet:
On New Year's eve:
HAPPY NEW YEAR FAMILY! Millions didn't make it, but YOU were one of the ones who did. Rise Up, Show Up & Show Out in 2013. #togodbetheglory
But it's back to reality now and Kwame is back in Detroit. Yesterday he tweeted:
Arrive in DET. Woman says "nobody shoveled the snow, too many homicides & its too damn cold outside. All your fault KK!" Yall crazy as Hell!
Not to be forgotten, over the break defendant Bobby Ferguson was ranked 19th worst boss in the U.S. by Las Vegas-based website Ebosswatch.com. This despite the fact that his company doesn't even exist anymore. And if that wasn't bad enough, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled against Ferguson last week in a civil case in which he was found liable for pistol whipping a former employee.
8:59AM Video is on and Bernard is first in the courtroom again. Ferguson follows and Kwame enters shortly thereafter.
Our last witness before the break was Kwame's former fraterniny borther Marc Andre Cunningham. The government should be calling a new witness shortly.
Kwame is sporting what we in the media room are calling the "giant Steve Urkel" look- peacock blue v-neck sweater under his dark suit jacket.
9:04AM Judge Nancy Edmunds enters the courtroom and says that the witness is delayed.
Looks like Bobby's lawyer Susan Van Dusen is not back in the courtroom after that terrible fall she suffered in December.
A sick-sounding government attorney Jennifer Blackwell tells the court about filings for 2 witnesses: Steve Lawrence with GSA and agent Joe Jensen with FBI who transported $90,000 in a calibration test. Says that the defense has been well apprised of the witnesses. Talking about an experiment with calibrating a metal-detector and says that the defense does not need to have those numbers.
This woman has no voice. This has to do with the testimony of Mahlon Clift who talked about taking $90,000 through an airport metal detector.
Jim Thomas, Kwame's lawyer, says the defense filed their objection to the government's proposed demonstration with the metal detector. Thomas objects to the government showing a stack of $90,000 going through a magnatometer, aka metal detector.
Thomas says in Clift's testimony he placed the money in his pockets before going through the magnatometer. He says that whether it goes off has to do with the sensitivity of the settings.
Thomas says the accuracy of this test is misleading because government tested it with money in waistband of pants as opposed to testimony that said money was in the witness's pockets.
"I suspect there are limitations," says Thomas referring to the test.
"This does not satisfy scientific methodology," says Thomas.
Blackwell says the government plans to show portions of video of agent Jensen carrying the money through a magnatometer to the jury.