Lawyer suggests star witness betrayed Kilpatrick clan

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

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

Kwame Kilpatrick’s lawyer started cross examining star witness Derrick Miller by suggesting the mayor’s family rescued him from a low-wattage career as a massage therapist and tutor.

Miller was a high-school friend of Kilpatrick’s and later was hired to work for the future mayor’s mother Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick in Washington D.C. Before that, Miller was a massage therapist and tutor.

“You were happy with that?” lawyer James C. Thomas asked.

“I’m happy with whatever I’m doing,” Miller said.

Miller showed the first signs of emotion Thursday after more than two days of testimony. He appeared nervous, blinking frequently as Thomas started a much-anticipated cross examination.

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