FBI tapes show Kilpatrick dad didn't demand bribe in '08

Bernard Kilpatrick leaves federal court Aug. 8.

Bernard Kilpatrick did not demand a bribe during a February 2008 meeting in Detroit at Tom’s Oyster Bar, which was secretly recorded by the FBI.

Kilpatrick’s lawyer showed jurors transcripts of the conversation between Kilpatrick and Cobo Center contractor Karl Kado, who allegedly paid ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s father at least $250,000 in bribes.

The FBI asked Kado to arrange the meeting during an ongoing probe of City Hall corruption. Kado wore a hidden recording device.

At the time, Kado was trying to recoup approximately $1.6 million owed by the city for various contracts the businessman held with the city.

At one point, Kado offered to pay Kilpatrick 10 percent of any money he helped the businessman recover.

“In that portion of the conversation, you were offering him 10 percent,” Kilpatrick lawyer John Shea told Kado. “That’s not him saying to you ‘I demand 10 percent,’ is it?”

Kado agreed.

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