Federal judge chastises Kilpatrick lawyers over secrecy attempts

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Detroit— A federal judge today censured former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s attorneys for trying to file motions under seal in the lawsuit involving slain exotic dancer Tamara Greene.

Today’s order by U.S. Eastern District Judge Gerald E. Rosen is his latest admonishment of Kilpatrick’s attorneys for trying to keep court motions hidden. Rosen ordered Kilpatrick’s motion, which was filed Monday, stricken from the court record.

Norman Yatooma, attorney for Greene’s family, said the attorneys were “trying to seal documents related to Kilpatrick’s computer.”

Rosen pointed out that anyone wishing to file motions under seal must receive prior authorization from the court, and show why the information needs to be kept under wraps.

“This court has repeatedly emphasized in this case that this . . . rule would be strictly enforced, and it has removed from the docket sealed submissions that were filed in violation of this . . . rule.” Rosen wrote in today’s order.

In September, Rosen made public a motion filed by Kilpatrick attorney James Thomas seeking to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by Greene’s family, which claims the ex-mayor and Detroit Police officials quashed an investigation into Greene’s drive-by shooting death in April 2003.

Greene allegedly danced at a rumored but never proven Manoogian Mansion party.

Thomas was not available for comment this afternoon.

In today’s order, Rosen wrote that Kilpatrick’s attorneys likely won’t be able to show just cause to file the motion in question under seal, because the motion “discusses procedural matters that seemingly need not be shielded from public disclosure.”

http://www.detnews.com/article/20101221/METRO01/12210413/1410/METRO01/Federal-judge-chastises-Kilpatrick-lawyers-over-secrecy-attempts

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