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Live Blog: Kwame Kilpatrick Trial Jury Watch Day 2

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DETROIT -

Some late breaking news from the Theodore J. Levin Federal Court House in Detroit.  THe Jury in the Kilpatrick Inc. Public Corruption Trial sent a note out to Judge Nancy Edmunds asking for clarification on one of the extortion charges.  This is count 3: Interference with commerce by extortion.

According to the court,"The Jury asked to "Clarify the specific contract Amendment referred to in Count 3 ".

In this charge the government claims that Bobby Ferguson and Kwame Kilpatrick extorted Tony Soave's company Inland Waters through an amended sewer contract.  The government says the pair did this "...through fear of economic harm....

Soave testified December 6th, 2012 about a meeting he had with Mayor Kilpatrick, from the Day 34 blog: 

"Soave says he called up the Mayor and asked if he could see him. SAys he went to the Mayor's office alone, can't remember if anyone else was there. SAys he asked him what was the hold up on the job.

Soave says the Mayor told him he had the wrong subcontractor. Says he asked him what's the right one. Says Kwame told him Ferguson was the right one.

Bullotta asks if he knew Bobby at the time. No I did not.

Soave says he told the Mayor okay, I'll make the change."

The government says Ferguson got $175,000 in payments from Inland Waters from the amended sewer lining contract.

According to the court, Judge Edmunds determined the question could be handled by telephone, and didn't call the two sides into the court room.



Read more: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/20265515/live-blog-kwame-kilpatrick-trial-day-34#ixzz2LTnlyqXd

4:30

Day two is done and no questions from the jury.  We'll see what tomorrow brings.  If they don't have any questions I might have to ask what they had for lunch.  Tune in to Fox 2 tonight to see M.L. Elrick's take on what Kwame Kilpatrick is talking about now.

12:30

Good afternoon from the Theodore J. Levin Federal Court House.  Another quiet day waiting for the jury.  At this point, jurors have not asked any questions of the Judge that required being put on the record.  And No, I didn't sleep in this morning.  I've been helping M.L. Elrick put together a story about Kwame Kilpatrick's communications with the public.  He's not talking to the press, but he's still talking, a lot.  Here what he's been saying about the trial, his life, and his relationship with the media, tonight on Fox 2 News.

Ken Martinek is Senior Producer-Investigations for Fox 2 News. You can contact him at ken.martinek@foxtv.com

 

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