'Extorted' contractor backs off Kilpatrick bribery claim

Kwame Kilpatrick outside federal court.

Cobo Center contractor Karl Kado backed off an allegation that he gave a $10,000 bribe to ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick shortly after the 2001 election.

Under cross-examination by Kilpatrick’s lawyer, Kado said it was his idea to give Kilpatrick the money. That clashes with his testimony Monday, when Kado said he gave $10,000, which was delivered by Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller.

“It was you that decided to give $10,000 to Derrick Miller,” Kilpatrick lawyer James C. Thomas said.

“Yes,” Kado said.

“Not because anyone asked you for cash or $10,000,” Thomas said.

“Yes,” Kado said.

Kado testified Monday he gave as much as $10,000 to Kilpatrick four or five times.

Thomas probed Kado’s vague memories about where, when and how he delivered the alleged bribes.

“But it must be true because you’re saying it’s so,” Thomas said.

Prosecutors objected.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds sustained the objection.

Thomas also highlighted that although Kado wore hidden recording devices while cooperating with the FBI, there are no tapes involving the former mayor.

“You never called him on tape to substantiate what it was that you are saying,” Thomas said.

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