Kilpatrick lawyer calls kickback payer a bully

Kwame Kilpatrick and lawyer James C. Thomas.

Kwame Kilpatrick and lawyer James C. Thomas.

Emma Bell, the former Kwame Kilpatrick fundraiser, never gave the former mayor kickbacks and, instead, blew the cash gambling at Detroit casinos, according to attorney James C. Thomas.

Former Kilpatrick fundraiser Emma Bell

Former Kilpatrick fundraiser Emma Bell

Kilpatrick’s lawyer continued attacking Bell’s credibility and tears she shed on the witness stand last year while telling jurors she delivered kickbacks to the Detroit mayor stuffed in her bra.

“She could cry a tear and then freeze me into a block of ice with a stare,” Thomas told jurors. “She could bully people, sweet talk them and then beat them up. She is not a person that is credible.”

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