Judge Ruth Carter deposed in Greene lawsuit

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Detroit (WXYZ) – Lawyers spent hours today questioning a judge under oath in the slain stripper lawsuit. But Ruth Carter isn’t just a judge – she used to be in charge of the City of Detroit Law Department, and she’s a Wayne County insider who knows a lot about goes on in Detroit. Now lawyers want to know what she knows about the investigation of Tamara Greene’s murder.

Action News Investigator Heather Catallo was there as 36th District Court Judge Ruth Carter was escorted through an alley and through the back door of her lawyer’s office in Detroit at 12:00 PM Thursday. Inside, an attorney representing the family of Tamara Greene questioned Carter for hours.

The murdered stripper’s family is suing the City of Detroit and former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, alleging they obstructed the investigation into Greene’s death in 2003. At the time, Ruth Carter was the head of Detroit’s Law Department. One of the things lawyers planned to ask her about was a text message she sent to Kilpatrick when news broke that the mayor had fired Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown, allegedly for investigating a rumored wild Manoogian Mansion party that supposedly featured Greene as a stripper who got assaulted. The text was sent before Attorney General Mike Cox stepped in to investigate several allegations of wrong doing by the mayor and his bodyguards.

Carter’s text said, “Mike is going to do a separate investigation than the state police. He called me Saturday and asked who we would rather be cleared by, him or Duggan. I said him.”

No doubt, lawyers also wanted to question Carter about that infamous closed-door meeting she had with Kilpatrick and Cox during the Attorney General’s investigation. Cox questioned Kilpatrick himself, instead of involving the state police, and he didn’t record Kilpatrick and Carter during the interview.

Because Thursday’s deposition is sealed Judge Carter’s lawyer could not discuss the details.

“It was 3 hours and 15 minutes, combined with the 8 or 9 hours that we did back in August. She answered every question and was happy to do it,” said Gabi Silver.

Judge Carter’s deposition is the last deposition in this case, so the discovery phase is finally winding down. But there’s still an issue of what happened to city computers and emails. It recently came to light in court that computers and emails belonging to Carter, Kilpatrick, and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty were destroyed. Next week the lawyer for Greene’s family will make his arguments to the judge about what sanctions should be taken against the city for possible destruction of evidence.

http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/local_news/judge-ruth-carter-deposed-in-greene-lawsuit

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