McPhail's testimony was unrefuted. Kizzi Montogomery's testimony was the same. Government didn't ask McPhail one question.
How do you get beyond that?
I took the position in the beginning that I would try to show you the investigation was flawed.
11:17AM Taking a 10 minute break. Not sure why I felt that Thomas was wrapping things up.
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The Kilpatricks and city contractor Bobby Ferguson are charged with conspiring to rake in cash through rigged contracts, bribes and other criminal acts. Prosecutors gave their closing argument Monday, describing Detroit city hall as a "private profit machine" with Kwame Kilpatrick at the wheel.
Nothing is planned for Wednesday because a juror needs the day off. Ferguson's attorney will give a closing argument Thursday, followed by final words from prosecutors and then deliberations.
11:35AM Thomas says he has about 20 more minutes.
This is the Kilpatrick Civic Fund money that went to Kwame. In 2003, 2006 and 2007, there are only 4 expenditures that are potential problems.
Talking about LaCosta, driving range and Spy Ops. Defendable one is Spy Ops that went to police department that is still in use.
Talked before about checks with agent Sauer about checks to Hilton Southlake Town Square, $1228 to Great Wolf Lodge, 3 checks for $1735 and $1574. These are for hotels when Kwame was incarcerated. Had Sauer add those up which showed that $13027.73 was paid pack in April 2009.
Kwame knew there were expenditures that should be reimbursed and he paid it back. He paid it back before tax return was due.
Talked about Kwame protecting his image and work that was done, ability to generate funds was diminished. Civic Fund money was significantly reduced.
I suggest that the Impact Strategies and educational Super Camp. I asked Sauer if there was an exception for the Kilpatrick name and he said no. I'll take his word on it.
Thomas neglecting that Sauer mentioned it wasn't appropriate for "figurehead."
Mahlon Clift came in with "magic" testimony. Magically came to Detroit and magically stayed at Athenaeum where there is no record of him staying except in June.
We saw the $90,000 stacked here pretty high. Clift said he traveled to Chicago, hid it in his vacuum cleaner then took $50,000 to Texas and then $40,000 to Detroit. This apparently at the behest of Bobby who could have taken it himself. We have Mahlon Clift’s testimony which I suggest is incredible. We have a test at the Detroit airport. Special agent Joe Jensen, nice looking guy, testified it was his decision how to put the money on his body though Clift testified he had cargo pants and he put money in his pockets. He went through security through Detroit airport. I mentioned magnetic fibers but we had no testimony on it. Here is the long and short of it, Mahlon Clift didn't go through any airport checkpoint. How do I know that? First of all instead of putting money in pockets, he decides he will wrap it around his waist. If I see a guy with bulge, I'll pull him aside. He looked like he had a bomb strapped to him. You saw the video. Tell me what you saw.
Incredible for another reason. How many times have you heard TSA barking "Take everything out of your pockets". Are you going to walk into line with $90,000 of someone else's money?
First thing, they are going to say is clean out your pockets.
Two reasons why this thing doesn't hold. Other thing is, he has airplane ticket from Detroit to Chicago and then Texas but no evidence of airplane tickets.
Said he stayed at Athenaeum and there is no evidence of that. It seems to be when he was interviewed, he was being questioned and the questioning stopped. He got his mom on the phone. After he talks to her, he comes with magical story.