DETROIT (WXYZ) - 7 Action News provided updates as court resumed in the Kilpatrick Corruption Trial on Wednesday.
Court ends for the day.
The judge just announced that a few jurors have been bitten by jumping and/or flying bugs. Court services have sprayed the jury box recently, but the judge wants to know if anyone else in the courtroom has been bitten.
Jones is testifying about violations they received from MDEQ inspectors. He said he met with Ferguson about how Ferguson's workers were performing asbestos removal without proper protective gear. Jones said Ferguson didn't really seem to care, and said Ferguson told him: "I had turned into a punk and a puppet for the white man."
Jones says Ferguson also said he would get the mayor to call the governor about the MDEQ violations, and Jones told him that not all construction disputes were political.
Now on the stand: Odell Jones, former owner of Jomar Costruction, which worked on the Book Cadillac Hotel. Jones is telling the jury about a fee dispute he had Ferguson on a previous Detroit Public Schools project, and now he's talking about alleged violations Ferguson's tradespeople received while they were doing "selective demolition" for the hotel renovation.
Agent Paszkiewicz is showing the jury different work records from the Sterling Heights sinkhole collapse.
Paszkiewicz is showing a record that matches something the defense admitted into evidence - a record dated 8/23/04. Paszkiewicz is saying the actual document was dated 3/24/04, suggesting to the jury that the defense exhibit has been altered.
At issue is when Ferguson was working on the scene of the 2004 sinkhole, and whether he allegedly used his relationship with former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to get work at the site.
Court is about to resume for the 55th day of the Kilpatrick Corruption Trial. EPA Special Agent Carol Paszkiewicz is up first on the stand. It's expected that she will resume her testimony about a suspicious document.
As court broke yesterday, Agent Paszkiewicz was discussing a document that allegedly indicates that Bobby Ferguson was on the scene of a major sinkhole collapse in Sterling Heights.
Agent Paszkiewicz started to suggest to the jury that she "had concerns" about the document.
Federal prosecutors seemed to be suggesting to the jury that the record was altered. The lawyers are all currently meeting with the judge before Agent Paszkiewicz resumes her testimony.
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