Kilpatrick judge tires of businessman's testimony

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds

The judge presiding over the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial hopes a Detroit businessman allegedly extorted by the former mayor does not spend a fourth day on the stand.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds asked contractor Bobby Ferguson’s defense lawyer Gerald Evelyn when he might finish questioning businessman Avinash Rachmale.

Rachmale has spent three days largely corroborating earlier testimony from his former partner, Tom Hardiman. Lawyers have spent almost three tedious hours today going over emails and contracts.

Evelyn told the judge he hopes to finish today.

“Me too,” Edmunds said.

Robert Snell

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