Kwame Kilpatrick’s Father Takes Bribe in Pancake Restaurant

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  • 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.

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