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.
9:04AM Video feed has just come on.
It's going to be a late start again today. Lines to get into the courthouse were unbelievably long again today- this time because it's immigration day.
Defendants Kwame Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson and Bernard Kilpatrick are all sitting at an otherwise empty defendants'. Kwame and and Bobby are still sporting the springtime beige hues but Bernard is in a dark jacket, yellow shirt with matching pocket square sand red tie.
9:12AM Businessman Tony Soave has just walked into the courtroom accompanied by 2 handler-type looking guys.
Judge Nancy Edmunds enters and court is called into session.
9:14AM Judge Edmunds mentions that Jim Thomas is not in court because he had another matter. Harold Gurewitz will be representing Kwame this morning.
9:15AM US Attorney Michael Bullotta questions Tony Soave.
Soave says that he would have rather lost a job than gone 50/50 with Ferguson. Soave says he contracted with the city under various mayors and that they never held up contracts. He doesn't know whether any other mayor ever told him to use another sub-contractor the way Kwame did with Ferguson.
Soave says he never did the things he did for Kwame for Archer.
9:17AM Mike Rataj for Bobby Ferguson cross-examines Soave.
Rataj asks about Soave Enterprises. It's a holding company? I don't know.
It's privately held? Yes says Soave.
And Soave Enterprises owns lots of different companies? Yes.
Rataj asks about metal processing companies owned by Soave. Soave owns Ferrous Processing amongst others. He knows he has 2 others as well.
And Soave Enterprises has substantial real estate holdings throughout the US? Yes says Soave.
Luxury residential complexes? Yes in Florida and in Virginia.
Brambleton? That's in Virginia.
The Dunes? In Florida.
Soave also owns piece of land in Phoenix.
And commercial real estate as well? Bay Dunes Country Club? That's sold.
City Sports Center on Lafayette? Yes says Soave.
Luxury office complexes? No.
Did I miss anything? Soave says he has other pieces in Michigan, in Rochester.