Flip-flop testimony a result of who's asking the questions

Flip-flop testimony a result of who's asking the questions

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Bobby Ferguson (middle) surrounded by the defense team on Tuesday. Bobby Ferguson (middle) surrounded by the defense team on Tuesday.

By M.L. Elrick
FOX 2 News Investigative Reporter

DETROIT (WJBK) - The Kilpatrick & Co. trial and Michigan weather have a lot in common: If you don't like how things look, stick around.

The past two weeks have provided prime examples.

Former homeless shelter operator (and convicted tax cheat) Jon Rutherford testified one day last week that Bernard Kilpatrick didn't do any work for the $113,000 he was paid as a consultant.

The next day, Rutherford testified that the elder Kilpatrick advised him, tried to shake overdue payments loose from the city-county mental health bureaucracy, and more than earned his keep.

On Monday, Water department contracting honcho Daniel Edwards testified that Kwame Kilpatrick's best bud Bobby Ferguson received multiple change orders on contracts that ended up costing several times their original price.

While Edwards didn't contract himself a la Rutherford on Tuesday, he did acknowledge that other contractors on similar projects had far more change orders than Ferguson and were paid many times more than the cost of their original contracts.

So what gives?

The common denominator is who is asking the questions.

If prosecutors have the floor, Ferguson, the Kilpatricks and former water department chief Victor Mercado did nothing right.

If the defense is up, the four men did nothing wrong.

If there's one thing that seems pretty clear by now, it's that during his time as mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, like the weather, soaked plenty of folks.

Deciding whether he broke the law, too, is the jury's job.

And based on what we've seen so far, boy oh boy, will they end up earning their 50 bucks a day!

Follow M.L. Elrick's coverage of the Kilpatrick & Co. trial daily on FOX 2 and at www.myfoxdetroit.com. Contact him at ml.elrick@foxtv.com or via Twitter (@elrick) or Facebook. And catch him every Friday morning around 7:15 a.m. on Drew & Mike on WRIF, 101.1 FM. He is co-author of "The Kwame Sutra: Musings on Lust, Life and Leadership from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick," available at www.kwamesutra.com. A portion of sales benefit the Eagle Sports Club and Soar Tutoring. Learn more at www.eaglesports.com.

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