Kilpatrick lawyer questions frisking claim

Karl Kado demonstrates Monday on Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta as to how he was frisked for a listening device by Bernard Kilpatrick at one of their meetings. (Illustration by Ray Stanczak / The Detroit News)

Bernard Kilpatrick’s lawyer tried to cast doubt on a claim that his client frisked Cobo Center contractor Karl Kado for a wire early on in the City Hall corruption probe.

Lawyer John Shea suggested Kado didn’t tell agents early on about the pat down, which allegedly happened in summer 2005.

Kilpatrick allegedly patted down Kado after the contractor said he was a target of an FBI investigation into City Hall corruption.

“It’s not everyday you get patted down for a recording device, is it?” Shea asked.

“I’ve never been patted down before,” Kado said.

“Probably not then or after,” Shea said.

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