Feds strap FBI agent with $90k to shred defense claims

If the “Michelin Man” couldn’t make it through airport security, as Bobby Ferguson’s lawyers contend, what hope is there for Kool-Aid Guy?

Defense lawyer Michael Rataj tangoed memorably with ‘extorted’ business tycoon Tony Soave last week, but his most memorable moment so far might have been the “Michelin Man” quip days into the trial.

The quip may have scored points with jurors but could haunt the defense team if prosecutors are allowed to tell jurors about a little airport security test involving an FBI agent, $90,000 cash and a metal detector.

Robert Snell

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