Kilpatrick jurors focused on Kado 'extortion' testimony

Karl Kado testified Monday that he made cash payments to Bernard Kilpatrick to keep his contract for work at Cobo Center in Detroit. (Illustration by Ray Stanczak / The Detroit News)

Amid some of the most blunt extortion claims yet in the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial, the 16 jurors hearing the case have been playing close attention to the testimony of former Cobo Center contractor  Karl Kado.

Although they have routinely asked U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds and attorneys questions during previous testimony, for the first time they directed their questions Monday morning at a witness.

Kado, who was born in Iraq and speaks with a strong accent, has drawn repeated questions from Edmunds. But on one occasion, a female juror asked him how much he paid for a contract. Another asked him for the names of his companies.

Kado politely obliged.

Robert Snell

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