Kilpatricks, 3 Co-Defendants Due In Court Monday

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard, and three co-defendants will be in federal court Monday afternoon to face charges in connection with a City Hall corruption case.

The Kilpatricks, former City Water Department chief Victor Mercado, Bobby Ferguson, and former Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller face dozens of charges for allegedly shaking down city contractors for millions in public monies for themselves. WWJ Newsradio 950 and Fox 2 Legal Analyst Charlie Langton says everybody’s wondering if there’ll be a plea deal.

“Just what the lawyers will say and some of the exchanges might give a clue as to what’s gonna happen in the future”, Langton says. “Certainly, a plea bargain – maybe not by Kwame Kilpatrick or Bernard Kilpatrick – but some of the other people.”

Kwame Kilpatrick is already serving time on a probation violation.

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  • Questions

    Some additional questions for which the public doesn’t yet have answers:

    Mr. Riddle was hired by Genesee County’s Karegnondi Water Authority project to negotiate with Mr. Mercado and associates. Somehow Karegnondi seems to have no records or memory of what Mr. Riddle was tasked with accomplishing in these negotiations. It’s now alleged in Mr. Mercado’s indictment that pay-for-play was involved. If that was the case, where did the money for Mr. Riddle’s relationship with Mr. Mercado come from?

    We know that when Karegnondi was first proposed, in order to form the local political consensus necessary for such an enterprise to gain the taxing and rate power to go forward, the Detroit water relationship with its northern customers had to be obviously unreasonable. The Detroit water relationship with its northern customers become obviously unreasonable during the period of time when Mr. Riddle was employed by Karegnondi. Was Mr. Riddle tasked with encouraging lower rates and a reasonable relationship, to benefit northern customers? Or was he tasked with encouraging higher rates and an unreasonable relationship, so as to build political support for Karegnondi to go forward?

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