Feds try to shoot holes in another Kilpatrick alibi

Kwame Kilpatrick and lawyer James C. Thomas outside federal court Wednesday.

Prosecutors rebutted another Kwame Kilpatrick defense alibi Wednesday regarding a Colorado resort trip the ex-mayor took with his former mistress Christine Beatty in 2002.

Last week, Kilpatrick attorney James C. Thomas suggested the real purpose of a resort stay in Vail, Colo., was for Kilpatrick to attend a meeting of the National Council of Mayors about 97 miles away in Denver.

The News reported last week that the group doesn’t exist. After The News’ report, prosecutors subpoenaed records to verify Kilpatrick’s alibi.

Prosecutors today called an IRS agent who investigated the alibi. The agent couldn’t find such a group.

There is, however, a U.S. Conference of Mayors based in Washington, D.C. The group lists its annual and winter meetings for each year going back to 1998.

The group held its annual meeting in Denver, but in 2003, according to the group’s website.

The agent also subpoenaed the event schedule for the National Conference of Democratic Mayors.

The group is legit, but did not meet in Denver in 2002, when Kilpatrick and Beatty were staying at the resort.

On Wednesday, Thomas suggested the ex-mayor had a private meeting with the mayor of Denver or the former head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Wellington Webb was Denver mayor in 2002 and is a past president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“Do you think after this you might call the mayor’s office and find out what happened?” Thomas asked the IRS agent. “We’ll see.”

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