DETROIT (AP) – Jurors at Kwame Kilpatrick‘s federal corruption trial have seen a video of the ex-Detroit mayor’s father taking a case of Cristal champagne from a businessman needing a favor.
Kwame and Bernard Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson are accused of extortion and bribery.
James Rosendall testified Thursday that he repeatedly paid cash to Bernard Kilpatrick to protect a $1 billion city contract. Jurors also saw a video of Bernard Kilpatrick criticizing Rosendall for trying to give him $2,500 in a restaurant, calling it too public.
Houston-based Synagro Technologies was hired in 2007 to recycle wastewater sludge and build an incinerator. The deal collapsed after disclosure that Rosendall paid bribes to win City Council approval.