Feds win right to rebut Ferguson claims about checks

Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson outside federal court.

Kwame Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson outside federal court.

Prosecutors have more work to do before resting the City Hall corruption case against Kwame Kilpatrick, his dad and contractor Bobby Ferguson.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds today reversed course and agreed to let the feds question Ferguson’s claims that certain checks seized by agents on his office desk were used to buy truck parts.

EPA Special Agent Carol Paszkiewicz.

EPA Special Agent Carol Paszkiewicz.

Prosecutors allege the checks, made out to cash, were part of more than $2.5 million in cash withdrawn from various bank accounts during the time he allegedly shared proceeds of criminal activity with his pal, the former mayor.

The feds will rebut defense claims that the checks were used to buy truck parts by questioning EPA Special Agent Carol Paszkiewicz, who found the checks on Ferguson’s desk during a raid.

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