Don't have benefit of Rakolta text messages. Or text messages regarding Soave. You can imagine these guys would feel free to tell mayor how they thought.
You saw meetings in calendar with black contractors, didn't just meet with Bobby. But because of the text messages, we see what we see.
"Some of it is embarrassing. Some of it not well thought out. Government has tremendous power."
We have had discussions about what "cool" means. I did Cyrano de Bergerac think with you and talked abo0ut inflections with words. FBI special agent Bob Beeckman talked about text meanings.
Dont' know if you remember SNL Rob Snyder how he could say "dude" many different ways.
I call filling in the blanks speculation. Words without surveillance or knowing what happened afterwards, you have to decide if that satisfies government's heavy burden.
When government talks about climate of fear, you have to know that everyone worries if they will make payroll every week. Maybe not Tony soave.
Recognize there are 7 or 8 people who bid on a contract. With climate of fear, you have to look closely at 7 people who have lost. that is same feeling and it is not necessarily a crime.
Kim Harris from Human Rights department talked about it's deceased boss Gerard Grant Phillips. You heard hearsay testimony that his dead boss told him to decertify DLZ. There was evidence that DLZ was not Detroit headquartered or based business. also certain that they didn't satisfy Detroit residence requirement. Harris's position on this was on something that he heard from his boss that "Kwame said to do it."
Dead supervisor is not here and subject to cross examination. Harris took position that there was no decertification process.
There was a decertification that was requested.
We know about contracting process and that some people can get a benefit from saying they are a minority business. For Harris to say there wasn't a decertification process for a company that was not Detroit-based, that didn't hold weight.
You heard Sharon McPhail, his boss, say that there was such a process.
I have to talk to you a little bit about amendment #4 to 1368. This is more about rumors and innuendo and the contracting process.
There was an email with Paul Meschino of Insituform about rumors that Kwame was sitting on a contract.
The email talks about reversal of amendment. Showing the email. Based on rumors and innuendo, the contract is dead and Kwame is dead.
Date of email is important: December 19th 2005.
Looking at contract amendment approval. Amendment #4 to contract 1368.
This was going to go through City Council. See the signatures of Daryl Latimer, corporation counsel. Approved on April 19th 2006.
You will see that despite rumors and innuendo that Kwame was sitting on the contract, a special administrator order was entered on December 23rd 2005, within 4 days of Meschino's email that Kwame didn't look at.
We heard any number of reasons why this contract wasn't addressed. Kwame Kilpatrick was fighting for his political life- there was a recount in the election. He wasn't certain he's be mayor in 2006.
What does he do when he knows he will be, he signs that document. It's within the same time frame that Bernard Parker III is expressing concern about sitting on the contract.
On August 12th, the processing date, it's 4 months. We know it takes much much longer to get through City Council.
A crime? Or responsible government? You decide.
10:00AM Judge says let's take a 10 minute break.