Do you believe that Kilpatrick created a “climate of fear” for all those around him?
This week in court, Kilpatrick is facing more of the prosecution pushing his “climate of fear” and his funneling contracts to his friend Bobby Ferguson.
If you are not familiar with the Kilpatrick Trial, let me take a moment to share with you a brief history. Kwame Kilpatrick was the mayor of our great city of Detroit. He made headlines in 2008 with a text message scandal that proved he had perjured himself.
He is making headlines now because he is in a trial that could have him facing up to 20 years in prison. He, with friend Bobby Ferguson and his father, have been accused of lining their pockets through the mayors office.
This week, the prosecution set its sights on proving to the jury that the Kilpatrick enterprise – which is what they are now becoming known as – created a “climate of fear”. They did this by presenting the testimony of LaJuan Wilks who is a project manager. The Detroit Free Press quoted her saying,
Ferguson told her, “The only reason you still have this job is because you’re black.” “I looked at my boss and said, ‘This is how we let contractors come in and run things now?’ ” Wilks said. But her boss showed no reaction, leading her to believe Ferguson could have her fired, Wilks testified.
On Monday, Kwame’s tailor was in court giving his testimony. He said that Kilpatrick bought clothes from him starting in 2000 through the beginning of 2009. Jennifer Blackwell, Assistant U.S. Attorney presented a list totaling over $50,000 worth of Detroit’s former mayor’s transactions suggesting it was for business attire..
The tailor remarked that the former mayor still owes him $4,800. To that Kilpatrick and his father only smiled.
In the courtroom, Kwame Kilpatrick and his father both smiled after the tailor’s remark.
Do you think Kwame Kilpatrick is the reason why Detroit may need an emergency manager?