Detroit lawyer quizzes contractor over 2010 lawsuit

Bobby Ferguson and lawyer Gerald Evelyn, right.

A defense lawyer opened testimony Wednesday by trying to discredit a key government witness who allegedly was extorted by Kwame Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson.

Ferguson lawyer Gerald Evelyn quizzed Detroit businessman Tom Hardiman about a lawsuit filed against Hardiman’s firm by a concrete company.

Hardiman didn’t recall the 2010 Wayne County Circuit Court lawsuit, filed against his company A&H Contractors, his son and Ferguson’s demolition firm. The suit alleged a company owned by Hardiman’s son stiffed a concrete contractor.

“Who owns A&H,” Evelyn asked.

“I do,” Hardiman said.

“Don’t you think lawsuits would be something you would pay attention to?” Evelyn asked.

“I do not remember,” Hardiman said, adding that any lawsuits would be turned over to his lawyer.

“So Mr. Ferguson never said ‘your son didn’t pay a contractor when I paid your son and now I’m being sued, you need to fix it?'” Evelyn asked.

“I don’t remember it,” Hardiman said.

Ferguson paid the bill for Hardiman’s son, according to Evelyn.

“Mr. Ferguson never threatened you or said he would pull your contracts with the city?” Evelyn asked.

“I do not remember any threats from Mr. Ferguson,” Hardiman said.

Robert Snell

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