Attorneys for slain dancer’s family seek missing Kilpatrick e-mails
Where have all the e-mails gone? That’s the question attorneys representing the family of exotic dancer Tamara “Strawberry” Greene want answered as they wait for the city to deliver additional electronic files belonging to Detroit’s ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
In a motion filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Greene family lawyers, Norman Yatooma and Kirkland Garey, requested an independent expert inspection and analysis of Kilpatrick’s home computer and the contents of two external hard drives, containing data downloaded from the city’s servers, and external storage devices to recover any deleted data or files. And they want the city to pay for it.The lawyers are trying to find e-mails received and sent by Kilpatrick from September 2002 through June 2003 to determine if there’s any evidence that the former mayor or the city obstructed the investigation into Greene’s death. She was killed in an unsolved drive-by shooting in 2003.
City officials provided two external hard drives, labeled “Mayor’s backup,” and two compact discs with files from Kilpatrick’s missing office computer, according to the motion, but the additional requests have gone unanswered. James Thomas, Kilpatrick’s attorney, has been in possession of the requested material to identify privileged content for redaction.
The city was ordered by a federal judge in early December to turn over e-mails from a city server for former Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings, former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, 36th District Court Judge Ruth Carter and two former Kilpatrick bodyguards. The motion states that e-mails from Bully-Cummings and the two bodyguards through November and December 2010 have been produced by the city.
Kilpatrick, who is in federal prison for violating probation, was accused of using the Kilpatrick Civic Fund charity as a personal resource for cash, trips, summer camp and anti-bugging equipment for his office. He was indicted June 23 on 19 fraud and tax counts.
In a separate case, a federal grand jury issued a 38-count indictment Dec. 15 that characterized his career in public service — from Lansing to Detroit — as a racketeering conspiracy. Members of the alleged conspiracy included his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, and three former top aides.