Kilpatrick lawyer loses battles with judge

Kwame Kilpatrick outside federal court with lawyer James C. Thomas, right.

Kwame Kilpatrick’s lawyer keeps getting blocked in his attempts to suggest the ex-mayor was justified in hamstringing a firm competing against his pal Bobby Ferguson’s firm.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds rebuffed several bids Friday by lawyer James C. Thomas to show tax records and business filings that suggest a firm called DLZ lied about having its headquarters in Detroit.

The designation gives firms bonus points in the bidding process. In this case, Kilpatrick allegedly ordered an underling to strip DLZ’s certification in 2006, which helped steer a water department deal to a team that included Ferguson.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds

Thomas tried to show DLZ’s tax records.

Prosecutors objected.

The judge sustained it.

Thomas tried to show jurors state business records.

A prosecutor popped out of his chair.

Again, the judge sustained an objection.

In doing so, the judge spoke what is becoming something of a mantra Friday.

“Move along, Edmunds said.

Thomas accused city official Kim Harris of lazily probing whether DLZ deserved to win bonus points for having a headquarters in Detroit.

“How do you know?” Thomas said to Harris. “You never even looked.”

“Is that a question?” the judge said.

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