How do they do it? Why can't we all do it? It's because to be effective need two things: personal relationships with people in the government because they have to be willing to talk to you and have to have specialized knowledge of how things work. Few of us have that.
This is normal, common part of government life. These people provide value to clients if they can effectuate good communication with particular government entity. The more access the consultant has and the more knowledge, the more valuable that consultant is to his or her clients.
Bernard had what it took to be a successful consultant. Part by accident, related by blood to mayor and part of it was that he lived his life in government for a long time.
He was active in the Democratic Party in Detroit for a long time. Brought experience and connections to his job.
Heard how consultants get paid. Many get paid a flat fee by the month. Some get paid by the quarter. Sometimes they get a percentage of what they are working on. Sometimes people will work for a regular payment during a project and if it's successful, get a success fee as well.
Bernard Parker III proposed to Ferguson to be retained as his consultant with a monthly and success fee.
Because Bernard Kilpatrick had successful relationships and connections, he attracted clients.
Take a look at 2 exhibits: table of deposits into Maestro counts from 2002 and 2007 and more deposits into accounts. Not all clients are included in the charts.
And a juror bolts. So does another.
1:37PM Judge says that given the amount of jurors not feeling well, she doesn't feel it's fair to Shea to not have their full concentration. So Shea is continuing and possibly fully starting over on Thursday 9AM.