Ex-official: Kilpatrick appointee ordered certification revoked - KMSP-TV

Ex-Detroit official: Kilpatrick appointee ordered DLZ's certification revoked

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Gerald Grant Phillips was a Kilpatrick appointee and the head of the Detroit Human Rights Department.  That may be why, when he got a call from the mayor's office, he ordered an underling to revoke contractor DLZ's Detroit headquartered certification.

At least that's the story Kim Harris, the underling, told in court Thursday.  The former Detroit Human Rights official also testified that the order felt like tampering -- tampering that helped Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson's team land a multi-million dollar contract.

Ferguson attorney Mike Rataj dismissed Harris' testimony.  He'd like to talk to Phillips, but that's not going to happen.

"Unfortunately, we're at a disadvantage in this particular case because we can't cross examine a dead guy," he said.

But prosecutors had another card to play Thursday using text messages between Kilpatrick and Ferguson to show how they believe $10 million that was supposed to go to Lakeshore Engineering ended up in a Contract 1361 -- a deal that ultimately included Ferguson.

Ferguson: 1361 is the same contract, 1361 prices maybe less than the other one, but hey you know the rest.

Kilpatrick: Cool!

Ferguson attorney Gerald Evelyn said the texts are just words taken out of context.

"When the whole case plays out, there'll be more context to it."

Defense attorneys did a great job Wednesday raising questions about whether Kilpatrick and Ferguson played games with contracts, but explaining away the text message and the dead man's word may present their greatest challenge yet.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man sentenced to life in prison for toddler's death

    Man sentenced to life in prison for toddler's death

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:08:27 GMT
    A Macomb County man will spend the rest of his life in jail for the beating death of a 2-year-old boy.
    A Macomb County man will spend the rest of his life in jail for the beating death of a 2-year-old boy.
  • The two sides of the Detroit water bill crisis

    The two sides of the Detroit water bill crisis

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:59:57 GMT
    As the city of Detroit advances through its historic bankruptcy, focus has shifted to the water department's controversial efforts to collect unpaid water bills.
    As the city of Detroit advances through its historic bankruptcy, focus has shifted to the water department's controversial efforts to collect unpaid water bills.
  • The importance of your child's back-to-school checkup

    The importance of your child's back-to-school checkup

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:25 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:25:35 GMT
    We may be in the heart of summer but now is the time parents should start thinking about getting their children into the doctor for the back-to-school physicals.
    We may be in the heart of summer but now is the time parents should start thinking about getting their children into the doctor for the back-to-school physicals.
  • Latest Development in the Kilpatrick Corruption TrialMore>>

  • Bobby Ferguson sentenced to 21 years in prison

    Bobby Ferguson sentenced to 21 years in prison

    Friday, October 11 2013 3:20 PM EDT2013-10-11 19:20:27 GMT
    Bobby Ferguson, a former city contractor and longtime friend of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for his role in a public corruption case.
    Bobby Ferguson, a former city contractor and longtime friend of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for his role in a public corruption case.
  • Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years in prison

    Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years in prison

    Thursday, October 10 2013 9:33 PM EDT2013-10-11 01:33:28 GMT
    A federal judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Thursday to 28 years in prison for his role in a public corruption scandal that cost the city millions and ended a career for the once promising politician.
    A federal judge sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Thursday to 28 years in prison for his role in a public corruption scandal that cost the city millions and ended a career for the once promising politician.
  • No prison time for Kilpatrick's right-hand man

    No prison time for Kilpatrick's right-hand man

    Thursday, May 29 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-05-30 03:32:53 GMT
    He was former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's best friend and was once his right-hand man in City Hall. But when the corruption scandal unfolded, Derrick Miller testified against his former friend, helping to send the ex-mayor to prison.
    He was former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's best friend and was once his right-hand man in City Hall. But when the corruption scandal unfolded, Derrick Miller testified against his former friend, helping to send the ex-mayor to prison.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices