Kilpatrick case enters juicy stretch as star witness nears stand

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

Kwame Kilpatrick’s lawyer believes Karl Kado, the Cobo Center contractor who allegedly paid at least $360,000 in bribes to Kilpatrick, his father and a mayoral aide, is suffering from dementia.

Kado likely will face questions about his mental state once he takes the witness stand as early as this afternoon.

But back in 2005, Kado was an essential government witness who provide information to the feds, who in turn, secured wiretaps and secret recordings during the City Hall probe.

From court records:

“Kado made recorded telephone calls and on several occasions met with corrupt subjects, covertly recording them on video and/or audio. Kado has significantly contributed to the government’s investigation of corruption in local government in the City of Detroit.

To date, the investigation has resulted in ten defendants being convicted of bribery and related charges. The investigation has shown Kado’s information to be truthful and accurate, as much of it has been corroborated by other evidence.”

Kilpatrick’s lawyer James C. Thomas tried to wound Kado during opening statements in September, saying Kado was suffering from dementia.

“(Prosecutors) are asking you to buy what they are selling,” Thomas told jurors. “The scam is what the government’s going to perpetrate on you.”

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