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.
9:06AM We are most definitely off to a late start this morning. Bernard Kilpatrick has been sitting by himself in a mostly empty courtroom. Bobby Ferguson and Kwame Kilpatrick have just entered the courtroom. There was a huge line outside the courthouse this morning. I waited for 45 minutes in the line just behind Ferguson defense lawyer Susan Van Dusen. Just as I was about to finally get through security, Ferguson, his lawyers Gerald Evelyn and Mike Rataj entered the building. Apparently there is some sort of lawyer’s conference going on at the courthouse which at least partially accounts for the line winding around the block to get in.
It may be winter but Kwame and Bobby are determined to keep with spring-like attire, Kwame in a beige sports coat and dark pants and Bobby in all beige suit and tie. Bernard is a little more in keeping with the season wearing a light grey suit.
Yesterday Detroit businessman Karl Kado was cross-examined by Bernard's lawyer John Shea and Kwame's lawyer Jim Thomas. The defense team did its best to discredit the government witness's damaging testimony- he had testified to handing over more than $360,000 to Kwame, Bernard and former Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller- by claiming he had a faulty memory due to dementia.
Anticipating starting the session with a new witness.
9:16AM Still waiting for court session to start. Suspect most of the media is still waiting in that enormous line.
9:20AM Judge Nancy Edmunds enters the courtroom. Jim Thomas approaches the bench to have a quick word with the judge.
And the next witness is FBI special agent Robert Beeckman who is being called back.
US Attorney Michael Bullotta is asking to admit more text messages into evidence.
9:23AM Bullotta questions Beeckman about lottery number best placed by Bernard at Tunnel Liquor at the Millender Center.
June 2007 and April 2008 calls between Kado and Bernard were recorded.
Playing one of those calls about the lotto on August 3rd 2007. On Bernard's cell phone. Talking to Andrew Kado, Karl's brother, who runs the liquor store. Bernard asks about the winning number and it sounds like his ticket wasn't a winner. Bernard tells Andrew that he owes him $10. Lots of cheesy elevator music playing in the background.
Beeckman says that Bernard is playing the numbers of the lotto and Andrew tells him he owes him $720 over 2 days.
Beeckman says there were 159 such calls that the FBI recorded between June 2007 and April 2008. 158 were on Bernard's cell phone and one on his home phone.
It's becoming increasing obvious that the government didn't redirect Kado yesterday opting to use FBI agent Beeckman instead.
Beeckman says he documented Kado telling him about the dementia. Beeckman called Kado to flesh out whether he had officially diagnosed.
Thomas objects and judge sustains.
Beeckman says he was trying to see if it was an official diagnosis by a doctor.
Bullotta says so Kado didn't keep calling to tell you he had dementia. No he didn't.
Beeckman says that in his interactions with Kado he never seemed forgetful.
Bullotta asks if Kado's info ever seemed false or misleading. no says the special agent.
Talking about cleaning contract at Cobo in 2002 and then the electrical contract in 2003.
Looking at text message between Derrick Miller and Bernard. Miller was chief admistrative officer at the time in 2002.
Bernard: “Don’t forget the 2 letters to HUD :!) Robert Brown 226/437 director of multi-housing