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Defense attorneys grilled a prosecution witness again Thursday showing her documents trying to prove that the prosecution's case has some holes in it, but in the end it was the prosecution that finished with a flurry.

Agent Carol Paszkiewicz reviewed a slew of documents as defense attorneys tried to blunt the government's claim that Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson were in cahoots.

The defense team suggested that Kilpatrick pushed through contracts not to help Ferguson, but to be sure contractors were paid in case he wasn't re-elected.  They also argued that Ferguson did the work that he was paid for.

However, Paszkiewicz hurt Ferguson's claim he contacted Kilpatrick to be sure minority firms got work, testifying that some of his subcontractors were white suburbanites.

She also said there was only one contractor Kilpatrick discussed city deals with and that was Bobby Ferguson.

"That's not the only way people communicate with one another.  I mean, how do we know?  There was over 300 and some odd thousand text messages.  They haven't looked at all of them.  Okay.  That's been testified to, and so nobody can say that for sure," said Ferguson attorney Mike Rataj.

The feds aren't the only ones questioning Ferguson's commitment to minority contractors.  A black contractor sued him Thursday claiming Ferguson and Kilpatrick cost him city work.

Question and Answer


MURRAY FELDMAN: Is this lawsuit likely to affect the outcome of the criminal case?

ELRICK: That's highly unlikely Murray because the jurors are not supposed to know about this kind of thing.  It will probably never cross their consciousnesses, but it will make some of these witnesses a little uncomfortable because not only has this contractor sued Bobby Ferguson and (former) Mayor Kilpatrick, they've sued some of the people who testified that they gave Ferguson and Kilpatrick gratuities to help to keep the city work coming.

FELDMAN: What is it that you're hearing about a new chapter in the corruption case?

ELRICK: Tomorrow the feds are expected to talk about what they say are dirty deals involving a city recreation center.

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