Judge Ruth Carter ordered to answer questions in Tamara Greene slaying
A federal judge today ordered 36th District Court Judge Ruth Carter to answer questions in a lawsuit involving a slain stripper said to have danced at a wild party at the Manoogian Mansion.
Among the topics: text messages Carter exchanged with then-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in 2003 about the possible benefits of Attorney General Mike Cox conducting an investigation into the rumored party. At the time, Carter was director of the Detroit Law Department.
U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen ordered Carter to answer those questions and others that Kilpatrick’s lawyer, James Thomas of Detroit, advised her not to answer in a deposition in August in a lawsuit resulting from the death of Tamara Greene.
Rosen said Thomas failed to establish a basis for claiming an attorney-client privilege to prevent Carter from answering questions.
Greene, 27, was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2003, some six months after supposedly dancing at the rumored party. Cox, after an investigation, dismissed the party rumor as an urban legend.
On Wednesday, Rosen ordered Carter to sit for a re-convened deposition to answer several questions posed by attorney Norman Yatooma, who represents Greene’s family in a lawsuit. The suit accuses Kilpatrick and city officials of derailing Greene’s murder investigation so her killers couldn’t be found.
Kilpatrick and the city have denied charges of a cover-up. Both have asked Rosen to dismiss the lawsuit.