In an apparent humorous jab at the government, ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said he thinks the federal corruption case against him is full of bull crap, according to his Twitter account.
Here is what Kilpatrick tweeted today as he prepares to return to trial in Detroit Tuesday after a two-week break.
"Back in Detroit! Strapping on my boots. Time to go back to work on my freedom. Plus, I need the boots for all the bull excrement. :-)," Kilpatrick tweeted today.
After a two-week break because of the illness of a defense lawyer, Kilpatrick's trial resumes Tuesday -- minus one key player.
Ex-city water department director Victor Mercado, the outsider of the so-called Kilpatrick Enterprise, pleaded guilty during the hiatus.
The jury is not supposed to know about the plea deal because it could prejudice the other defendants. And even if they do find out, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds is expected to instruct that jurors that they cannot consider Mercado's absence in deciding the fate of the other three defendants: Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick and his longtime contractor friend Bobby Ferguson.
She also is not expected to explain Mercado's absence, only that he is no longer part of the case.
Mercado cut a deal with the government on the eve of the presidential election. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to extort, saying Kilpatrick pressured him to get Ferguson in on a contract.
Kilpatrick, Bernard Kilpatrick and Ferguson are charged with running a criminal enterprise out of the mayor's office to enrich themselves. They are accused of rigging water and sewer contracts and shaking down contractors to steer work Ferguson's way, and misusing nonprofit funds for personal use.
They all deny the charges.
The trial was on hold for two weeks after Ferguson's lead attorney Gerald Evelyn became suddenly ill while cross-examining a witness and had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance. His colleagues say he has fully recovered.
"We're anxious to get back into action and continue this trial. Gerald is doing great. He's made a full recovery and we're all good to go," said attorney Michael Rataj, one of three lawyers defending Ferguson.
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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