Aside here- we heard in direct testimony that Clift's mother was a lawyer.
Gave you reasons to doubt this case. Shown you significant evidence of gifting, Mahlon Clift, the credibility of 3 most important government witnesses. Attacked the government investigation.
What is reasonable doubt? It's a fair doubt from lack of evidence. It's the kind of doubt that will cause you to hesitate.
It would cause you to hesitate in your most important affairs. It's personal. You don't look at Kilpatrick and apply a standard that applies to him. Reasonable doubt is personal.
The 3 pillars of this case and maybe 4th one is Mahlon Clift- Emma Bell, Derrick Miller, Karl Kado and maybe Clift.
Imagine its morning and you get a knock at your door and there is someone saying there is an accident down the street, don't worry. I'll watch your stuff. Imagine its Miller. Any of those witnesses saying that. Would you hesitate? Would you hesitate in the most important of your affairs?
Did you see Miller put my paper in his pocket? Derrick Miller for Derrick Miller. He's a rogue out there on his own. When Myou consider how this unfolded, I don't care which witness.
Karl Kado. Demented. Making up something. Snow in August.
Mahlon Clift. No corroboration. Gets into line at TSA without ticket or hotel.
Emma Bell. I hope I have resonated with you. You have a lot of reason for doubt.
You are going to deliberate in the back room. I am going to ask you for not guilty on all counts. Let Mr. Kilpatrick go back to his wife and kids.
11:53AM Lunch break. Back at 1:15PM for John Shea closing for Bernard Kilpatrick.
1:18PM Getting ready for John Shea's closing arguments on Bernard Kilpatrick's behalf. Still waiting for Kwame to return to the courtroom. Jim Thomas is looking very relaxed. His job in this trial is officially done.
Carlita Kilpatrick in a zebra coat over a red floral dress enters the courtroom and is followed by Kwame. looks like the boys are no longer here.
Judge Edmunds addresses the courtroom. There are apparently 3 or 4 jurors under the weather, one in particular, so they might need a break at any given moment.
Kwame took a deep breath and eyes the entering jurors. Judge tells them to rest up tomorrow on their off day
1:23PM John Shea- case is about a government that sees only what it wants to see. A poisoned view of Bernard. finds corruption behind his every act and ignores legitimacy in his business and personal relationships.
Before discussing what evidence has not shown, want to go back to discuss something else from opening statements. What is not illegal. Not illegal to provide consulting services even if he is mayor's father. Not illegal to have discussions with mayor and administration about clients even if mayor is his son. Not illegal to have general discussions with him and associates about business opportunities even if he is mayor's father.
You have heard evidence of all of these things. Rules don't apply any differently to him.
You know more about this case than I do at this point.
Bernard is 71 years old now. Back in 2001, he was 60. Father of 3 children including Kwame. They are a close family. Not uncommon to see Bernard, Kwame, Ayanna and Diara Kilpatrick together. not uncommon to see Bernard on the 11th floor to see his son.
Also a political family. Carolyn cheeks Kilpatrick was a state rep in Lansing and congresswoman in DC. Bernard worked in government. Kwame was a state rep. Bernard and family have long history in local politics. Bernard in particular was long-standing.
When Kwame was elected, Bernard had to leave county. City County in the same building- thought was it was too close when his son was the mayor. so Bernard decided to retire from county and open consulting business. Not unusual for people who retire from government jobs. Heard about Conrad Mallett, Edna Bell, former county commissioner who retired and became a consultant.
What do consultants do? Various things. The interface between client who wants something from government and government that is going to give them something or not. Government processes and expectations. Sometimes need consultant to advocate positions and make a complaint for them. Various reasons why people would want to interact through a consultant.