Kwame Kilpatrick Trial Closing Arguments: Day One (page 2)
Inland eventually paid Ferguson $350,000 for nothing, Bullotta said.
1:15 p.m.: A 10-minute break is set for the jury after Prosecutor Michael Bullotta goes through contracts that he says were rigged in favor of Kilpatrick pal and co-defendant Bobby Ferguson.
1 p.m.: “No deal without me,” is a phrase Bullotta puts up on a big screen, saying that was the motto of Kilpatrick Enterprises.
The prosecutor goes over a $10 million sewer contract that was allegedly canceled by former co-defendant Victor Mercado, head of the Water Department under Kilpatrick, after the company, Lakeshore, refused to give Bobby Ferguson a 25 percent cut. He displays texts between Ferguson and Kilpatrick that seem to dictate the contract be cut unless Ferguson is included.
The owner of Lakeshore later gave Ferguson a cut of a proposed $20 million deal — and it went through. The prosecutor says it’s the definition of extortion.
12:55 p.m.: Talk turns to former Kilpatrick fundraiser and family friend Emma Bell and how difficult it was for her to testify against him.
Kilpatrick keeps his head in his hands, staring straight ahead as the prosecutor details cash kickbacks he accuses Kilpatrick of demanding from Bell.
John Rutherford, who wanted a casino in Detroit, allegedly gave Kilpatrick $10,000 in suits and thousands more for a trip to Dubai, the prosecutor says, adding, “That’s bribery.”
12:45 p.m.: A video is shown from years ago with Kilpatrick explaining during a news interview that he wouldn’t use campaign funds for his own use because that’s not legal.
“In reality, the civic fund was used to pay for polling … They had one purpose and one purpose only, and that was to get Kwame Kilpatrick elected mayor,” the prosecutor said.
He added civic funds were used to buy $3,000 in yoga lessons, a lavish vacation in Vail, Colo. , a $5,000 preschool graduation party, graphite shaft golf clubs with a bag emblazoned with the phrase “The Mayor.”‘
“In 2002, the cash starts pouring in,” the prosecutor said, showing bank records with thousands of dollars in cash deposits. “Again, this is only the cash that hit the bank … that raises the question ‘Where did it come from?'”