Kilpatrick witness gets rock star treatment

Kwame Kilpatrick's fundraiser, Emma Bell, leaves federal courthouse Thursday after an explosive day of testimony. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

Kwame Kilpatrick’s fundraiser, Emma Bell, leaves federal courthouse earlier in the trial after an explosive day of testimony. (David Coates / The Detroit News)

Star witness Derrick Miller got the rock star treatment from the feds Monday.

Miller was ushered in and out of federal court, which spared him from having to face a pack of reporters stationed along Fort and Lafayette.

What’s that worth? Ask Emma Bell.

Kwame Kilpatrick

Kwame Kilpatrick

During his long-awaited debut, Miller came across not as a Kwame Kilpatrick fanboy or a jilted crony thrown off the gravy train. His testimony was bloodless and delivered in a steady tone.

The closest Miller came to emotion was when Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow asked about Kilpatrick’s reaction to being handed a cash payoff from a city contractor.

“He’d take it — what do you mean?” Miller said.

“Did he say anything?” the prosecutor asked.

“Cool,” Miller said.

Robert Snell

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