Kilpatrick cross-exam gets off to rocky start

Bernard Kilpatrick

Cobo Center contractor Karl Kado not only allegedly paid Bernard Kilpatrick at least $250,000 in bribes, he gave the powerful political consultant a line of credit at his downtown party store.

The nugget emerged Tuesday as Kilpatrick’s lawyer, John Shea, showed jurors his client had a personal and professional relationship with a key government witness who alleges he was shaken down for bribes.

The cross-examination was rocky.

Shea suggested Kado hired the mayor’s father to help navigate City Hall bureaucracy. The lawyer also suggested the money that changed hands was legitimate as Kado tried to expand his contracts at the downtown convention center.

“You asked Mr. Kilpatrick on various occasions for his assistance, isn’t that true?” Shea asked.

“Yes,” Kado said.

“And you agreed to pay him for that, isn’t that true?” the lawyer asked.

“No,” Kado said.

Kado met Bernard Kilpatrick in the early 1980s when he operated a store inside the Millender Center in downtown Detroit.

At the time, Kilpatrick worked for Wayne County and shopped regularly at Kado’s store.

They became friends. Eventually, Kado extended Kilpatrick a line of credit at the shop, Bernard Kilpatrick’s lawyer said.

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