Feds reject Kilpatrick defense argument over racial rule

Kwame Kilpatrick stops to pose with Angela Kilgore of Detroit, taken by her friend Daina Robinson of Birmingham, as Kwame’s father Bernard Kilpatrick looks on on their way to a deli for lunch during an afternoon break in the jury selection process Sept. 18.

Prosecutors pooh-poohed an argument from Kwame Kilpatrick’s lawyer that the former mayor deserved credit for a city rule favoring minority-owned firms based in Detroit.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow pointed to a $10 million water deal yanked from minority-owned Lakeshore Engineering Services, which allegedly refused to give Kilpatrick’s pal Bobby Ferguson a 25 percent stake in the contract.

The $10 million deal later was rolled into an existing contract with Inland Waters, which is tied to Grosse Pointe Farms multimillionaire Tony Soave. Inland hired Ferguson’s firm to work on the contract.

Soave allegedly paid for Kilpatrick to shop in New York City and flew the mayor across the country on his private jet.

“Inland received the work. They’re not a minority-owned company, are they?” Chutkow asked water department Deputy Director Darryl Latimer.

“No,” Latimer said.

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