Questions from government to Latimer:

“If the department did this as a regular practice would you be concerned?” Latimer: “ Yes.”

“Would you be concerned about the contractors who put the bids together?” “Yes.”

“Would you want a compelling reason to cancel a contract that had gotten to this stage?” (Objection) 

Does this happen a lot? 

Latimer: “It happens. Not a lot, but it happens.” 

Did Mercado ever explain his change of mind? 

Latimer: “He talked about potential cost savings.” 

Would Mercado change course like this? 

Latimer: “No. He was more decisive and direct.” 

Ferguson was on Inland’s team.

Inland got the contract that seemed like it was headed right to Lakeshore. 

Ferguson also then was added as subcontractor to another of Inland’s contracts.

Ferguson was not on Inland’s original bid. He then got 20% of Inland’s contract. 

TEXT MESSAGES BETWEEN FERGUSON AND THEN MAYOR KILPATRICK: 

“1361 is the same contract

1361 prices maybe less than the other one, but hey you know the rest BOBBY FERGUSON” 

THE MAYOR: COOL! 

4/23/03 

Chutkow: “Can you think of any reason why the mayor would be discussing a water contract with a subcontractor?”

Latimer: “No.”

Lakeshore declined to give Ferguson 25% of contract 1361 

Kilpatrick attorney Jim Thomas is angry, objecting to this line of questioning saying it’s “out of line.” And that the questions are “improper.”

Judge Edmunds: “Overruled, Mr. Thomas!”

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