Key government witness fears he has dementia

Cobo Center contractor Karl Kado, a key government witness allegedly extorted by Kwame Kilpatrick, said today he feared he is suffering from dementia.

Kado’s testimony came during cross-examination by Kilpatrick lawyer James C. Thomas.

Thomas is attacking Kado’s credibility and motives for alleging he was extorted by the ex-mayor.

“Did you indicate to agents that you thought you were suffering from dementia?” Thomas asked.

“Yes,” Kado said.

James C. Thomas

“Did you consult with a physician?” Thomas asked.

“No,” Kado said. “It is not serious. I said I am forgetting and this (criminal case) is going on a long time. I said I’m scared I have dementia.”

Kado told federal agents he periodically forgets days of the week.

Despite his concerns, Kado has not been diagnosed with dementia.

Thomas questioned Kado about discrepancies between his testimony Monday and allegations that he gave Kilpatrick a $10,000 bribe in 2001.

In 2006, Kado told investigators the money was delivered in an envelope.

“But now you’re saying it was in a brown paper bag?” Thomas asked.

“Yes,” Kado said.

Kado testified he gave the money to Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller.

“You have no idea whether he gave the money to Mr. Kilpatrick, do you?” Thomas asked.

“No,” Kado said.

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