Ferguson attorney says contractor has 'selective memory'

Ferguson attorney says contractor has 'selective memory'

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Detroit contractor Thomas Hardiman has spent several days on the witness stand discussing his long and complicated history with Bobby Ferguson, but some days he remembers more about what happened than others, and that has Ferguson's attorneys mighty steamed.

"I think I would remember a lot of stuff that he claims he didn't know," said Ferguson attorney Mike Rataj.

Hardiman can be a hard man to pin down, especially when it comes to details about deals.  He testified over and over again Wednesday that he didn't remember or didn't know about certain dealings with the city.  One of those itty-bitty details was how much he was paid for his share in Lakeshore Engineering.

"Once he got on the stand and the government was asking questions, Mr. Hardiman seemed to remember quite a bit, but on cross examination, he didn't remember anything.  So, I call it selective memory," Rataj said.

But Hardiman was certain of one thing, telling jurors that Lakeshore included Bobby Ferguson in projects only because they operated in a culture of fear -- fear of Ferguson and his ties to Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a man with the power to kill contracts.

Ferguson's attorneys don't buy that and got Hardiman to acknowledge that he and Ferguson talked often about their mutual interests.

"Where's the climate of fear?  You just heard him on the stand.  He wasn't afraid of Bobby Ferguson at all," said Rataj.

Wednesday was Hardiman's fourth day on the stand.  He'll be back on Thursday, and we'll see if again has answers for the prosecution and nothing for the defense.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:01:04 GMT
    As of 6 a.m., approximately 165,000 DTE Energy customers are out of electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 21,000 customers that were affected by the storm, which included wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. in the DTE service area.
    As of 6 a.m., approximately 165,000 DTE Energy customers are out of electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 21,000 customers that were affected by the storm, which included wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. in the DTE service area.
  • Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:34:12 GMT
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
  • Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:31 GMT
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
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