Bribed businessman nervous as he takes witness stand

Karl Kado admitted being nervous Monday as he took the witness stand and prepared to tell jurors he allegedly spent $360,000 bribing Kwame Kilpatrick and others.

Speaking in a thick, occasionally unintelligible accent, the Iraq native told jurors about his background before moving to Detroit and joining the area’s large Chaldean community.

“Are you a little bit nervous?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta asked.

“A little bit, yeah,” Kado said.

Kilpatrick appeared loose this morning outside federal court, emerging from the heavy fog wearing a blue tuque and red tie.

He sat with hands clasped near his chin as Kado testified about opening a sundry store at Cobo Center in 1995.

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at or (313) 222-2028.