Yes, the ex-mayor of Detroit is on trail again. This time for corruption, reports the Detroit Free Press.
The federal government introduced its massive and complex public corruption case to the jury Friday by pulling out a five-word text message that it says sums up the purpose of what it calls the Kilpatrick Enterprise: “Let’s get us some money.”
“These are the words of the defendants sitting behind me,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow told jurors in his opening statement.
Chutkow spent 45 minutes describing what he said was a scheme by ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; his father, Bernard Kilpatrick; his longtime contractor friend Bobby Ferguson, and ex-city water director Victor Mercado. He said they used the mayor’s office to line their own pockets by rigging water contracts and shaking down contractors to steer work toward Ferguson — who made $120 million from city projects while his friend was in office and then shared the money with the Kilpatricks.
“They made themselves rich by taking public money for themselves,” said Chutkow, later concluding: “It was the citizens of Detroit who were left holding the short end of the stick.”
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