Talk of Kilpatrick buying suits in Dubai at ex-mayor's trial - New York News

Talk of Kilpatrick buying suits in Dubai at ex-mayor's trial

Posted: Updated:

DETROIT -- Kwame Kilpatrick has had his share of legal troubles over the years from felony charges to civil matters.  While he is no fan of lawsuits, there are apparently some suits he just can't resist.

Ahmad Chebbani testified Friday that he worked mighty hard to put together a trade mission to beautiful Dubai in 2002.  Things were going great until Kilpatrick, the star of the Detroit delegation, ducked out in the middle of a crucial dinner celebration.

With his pockets allegedly stuffed with $10,000 from political patron Jon Rutherford, Kilpatrick told Chebbani he had to go get some suits.

This latest tale of high living by Detroit's former mayor left courtroom observers shaking their heads, much like Chebbani did a decade ago, and it was the first of many accounts Friday of a political prince rolling in dough.

"So money rules in politics," said political activist Ernest Johnson.

He should know.  His community coalition received more than $7,000 from Jon Rutherford to help elect Kilpatrick mayor in 2001.  Prosecutors said Rutherford wrote the coalition checks totaling $80,000, but Johnson says he never got the money.

"I don't have (any) proof where it went.  I might have an idea, but I don't have (any) proof where it went," Johnson said.

Three sisters testified that Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson gave them $3,400 each in money orders to donate to Kilpatrick's campaign, then told them to say it was their money when the feds started asking questions.

If true, that would be a violation of state campaign finance law and might even constitute suborning perjury, but Kilpatrick and Ferguson aren't facing those charges.

Defense attorney John Shea said this case, which prosecutors are rolling out in chapters, can sometimes be a little hard to follow.

"Let's remember that, as you said, we're in chapter three and who knows how many chapters there are going to be."

The feds appear to have closed the Rutherford chapter of their book, but not before the former homeless shelter operator contradicted his earlier testimony that Bernard Kilpatrick had not done work for the $10,000 a month he received.  Rutherford said Friday that the elder Kilpatrick did provide some valuable services.

As for the suits, Chebbani said the day after Kwame Kilpatrick disappeared, he got a phone call from one of his aides asking him what he knew about shipping because it was thought they may have gotten lost in the mail.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Community celebrates renovated Queens Library branch damaged by Sandy

    Community celebrates renovated Queens Library branch damaged by Sandy

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:13:20 GMT
    It's been nearly a year and a half since Superstorm Sandy tore through the Queens Library Arverne branch in the Rockaways. Now it is back in business.Sandy left behind 4 feet of water. A massive renovation -- gutting, cleaning, repainting, rewiring -- was needed to get everything back up to speed. The library, which reopened March 18, is a vital part of the community.
    It's been nearly a year and a half since Superstorm Sandy tore through the Queens Library Arverne branch in the Rockaways. Now it is back in business.Sandy left behind 4 feet of water. A massive renovation -- gutting, cleaning, repainting, rewiring -- was needed to get everything back up to speed. The library, which reopened March 18, is a vital part of the community.
  • NYPD identifies woman wanted for baby snatch attempt

    NYPD: Woman tried to snatch baby in stroller

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:36:31 GMT
    Police want to question a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. The incident occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 8-month-old baby was not harmed. People who were in the area jumped in to stop the woman before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police. A sketch was released on Friday of the suspect.

    Police are looking for a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. Police have identified the suspect as Tara Anne McDonald, 46. The attempted kidnapping occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, police said. People who were in the area jumped in to stop McDonald before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police.


  • Basil farm ready to switch to marijuana

    Basil farm ready to switch to marijuana

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:11:50 GMT
    Basil plants grow on a New Jersey farm, but the facility could be turned into a five-acre medical marijuana greenhouse with only 48 hours' notice. The hoses from the state-of-the-art Dutch hydroponic system are watering flowers now, but with a few minor adjustments could just as easily grow marijuana plants for medicinal cannabis. The only reason it's not happening now is because the company is publicly traded and subject to federal law.
    Basil plants grow on a New Jersey farm, but the facility could be turned into a five-acre medical marijuana greenhouse with only 48 hours' notice. The hoses from the state-of-the-art Dutch hydroponic system are watering flowers now, but with a few minor adjustments could just as easily grow marijuana plants for medicinal cannabis. The only reason it's not happening now is because the company is publicly traded and subject to federal law.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man charged for 3 murders in Detroit

    Man charged for 3 murders in Detroit

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:10:09 GMT
    A Muskegon Heights man has been charged in connection with three homicides in Detroit.
    A Muskegon Heights man has been charged in connection with three homicides in Detroit.
  • Boyfriend, girlfriend charged after 4 killed in I-94 crash

    Boyfriend, girlfriend charged after 4 killed in I-94 crash

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:03:50 GMT
    Authorities have filed multiple murder charges against a woman and her boyfriend whose argument led to a high speed chase and an expressway crash that killed four people in Detroit on Sept. 22, 2013.
    Authorities have filed multiple murder charges against a woman and her boyfriend whose argument led to a high speed chase and an expressway crash that killed four people in Detroit on Sept. 22, 2013.
  • Recovering quadriplegic returns to the stage

    Recovering quadriplegic returns to the stage

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:30:51 GMT
    A 28-year-old man from Clarkston is told he'll never walk again after a tragic accident, but with modern medicine and raw determination he's working to prove doctors wrong.fb
    A 28-year-old man from Clarkston is told he'll never walk again after a tragic accident, but with modern medicine and raw determination he's working to prove doctors wrong.fb
  • 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.
  • Judge: Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick must pay $4.7 million

    Judge: Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick must pay $4.7 million

    Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:04 PM EST2013-12-11 01:04:30 GMT
    A federal judge has granted prosecutors' request and has ordered imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to pay $4.7 million in restitution.
    A federal judge has granted prosecutors' request and has ordered imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to pay $4.7 million in restitution.
Powered by WorldNow
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