Feds recap 'dirty' deals with Kilpatrick's dad

Bernard Kilpatrick and lawyer John Shea outside federal court.

Bernard Kilpatrick and lawyer John Shea outside federal court.

FBI informant James Rosendall said he’s used to hiring consultants, but not one like Bernard Kilpatrick.

Prosecutors tried to shore up Rosendall’s testimony about being shaken down by ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s father for money and a piece of a $1.2 billion sludge-hauling deal.

The questioning touched on several of the unseemly allegations to emerge during Rosendall’s three days on the witness stand.

James Rosendall

James Rosendall

Rosendall, a former Synagro Technologies Inc. executive, said he felt forced by the mayor to hire Bernard Kilpatrick while pursuing the deal in 2007.

His dealings with Bernard Kilpatrick were unusual and atypical from his dealings with other political consultants, Rosendall said

“Did any ever threaten to go to a public official and threaten to blow up the contract?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta asked.

“No,” Rosendall said.

“Did you ever feel the need to buy a case of Cristal to pacify them?” the prosecutor asked.

“No,” Rosendall said.

“Did you ever feel the need to make payments to them concealed in gum wrappers?” Bullotta asked.

“No,” Rosendall said.

“Did you ever feel the need to hide payments to them in the name of another company?” Bullotta asked.

“No,” Rosendall said.

“Would you have ever worked with Bernard and paid him money if the mayor hadn’t told you to work with him?” Bullotta asked.

“No,” Rosendall said.

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