His name is Mike Jastremski. He apparently had Thanksgiving dinner, said he didn’t feel well, went to go lay down and never woke up. The security guards here are meeting at the Anchor bar to share stories about their co-worker and friend.

9AM

The three defendants are seated together in the courtroom alone - as the lawyers are meeting on a motion in another room, so we wait patiently.

9:18AM

The lawyers enter the courtroom - quick check of pacer shows no new motions filed this morning. Ferguson attorney Mike Rataj is at the podium but no witness as of yet.  Rataj should continue his cross of Daryl Latimore. 

9:22AM

Darryl Latimer, Deputy director at Detroit Water and Sewerage is back on the witness stand.

Ferguson defense attorney Mike Rataj is again questioning him. 

Rataj is showing a 2005 letter from Latimer to Inland Waters.

It’s regarding that massive sinkhole at 15 Mile and Hayes roads. Remember that? 

The letter lists invoice amounts for “tasks” related to that job totaling: $186,081.3. 

Rataj says Inland was trying to get paid and wasn’t entitled to the pay. Latimer says that is correct. 

Another letter is now being shown, again DWSD to Inland Waters and again the topic is charges to fix the big sinkhole at 15 Mile and Hayes.

DWS is letting Inland know that the amount listed for overhead and profit exceeds the “allowable amount.” 

Latimer says Inland was asking for money before works was complete and Inland was improperly add mark-ups to the job and was asking for money it wasn’t entitled to. 

Another letter from DWSD to Inland Waters alerting Dennis Oszust of Inland Waters that Inland added “disallowed” items in an invoice and was asking for $148,000 over what was approved.

Rataj says Inland was trying to “sneak in amounts” it wasn’t entitled to.

The government objects to Rataj’s use of “sneak” and he withdraws, but makes his point. 

Another letter is being shown to the jury, this time the rejection of DWSD of $2661 to Inland Waters that it wasn’t entitled to attorney and consulting fees. 

“They should have known better, correct?” Rataj asks. Latimer says Inland “should have known what was billable in their contract and what was not.” 

By June of 2005, while sinkhole work was going on that summer, Inland came back to DWSD to ask for money to be paid to it for work done after DWSD said the company wasn’t entitled to the money. 

Close to $2 Million dollars were in dispute. 

The jury has to be wondering what was going on with DWSD and it’s contractors. The dollar amounts to maintain the water system in Detroit are astounding. You pay your bill and then the money gets fought over, paid out, used, misused. 

Rataj is now showing a list of contractors who bid on a job. The bids are from $10 Million on the low-end up to $15 Million.

But the “score” the bid is given is the determining factor, not the job. The score is based on factors like if the contractors wanting the bid is a Detroit company or not.