Kilpatrick faces more questions in Greene suit Tuesday

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Detroit — Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is scheduled to complete his deposition Tuesday in the federal lawsuit brought by the family of slain exotic dancer Tamara “Strawberry” Greene, a lawyer said Tuesday.

Kilpatrick gave several hours of closed-door sworn testimony in a conference room at the federal courthouse on July 29, but not all of the seven hours set aside for the deposition were used.

Greene, who was linked to a rumored stripper party at the mayor’s Manoogian Mansion in the fall of 2002, was shot to death in Detroit on April 30, 2003. Her family is suing Kilpatrick and the city, alleging they obstructed the investigation into her still unsolved murder. The defendants deny the allegations.

Norman Yatooma, the Birmingham attorney representing Greene’s family, said Kilpatrick’s deposition will be completed Aug. 10 and the deposition of his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, will be completed Aug. 9. Beatty gave the first part of her deposition July 28.

Kilpatrick’s wife, Carlita, and his father, Bernard N. Kilpatrick, are still to be deposed in the case. A motion to quash the subpoenas seeking their depositions is pending before Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen.

Kilpatrick, 40, is serving time at Milan federal prison for a state probation violation related to his 2008 conviction for lying at a police whistle-blower trial. He is awaiting trial on a federal fraud and tax felony indictment that was handed up by a grand jury June 23.

The Greene case could go to a jury trial in front of Rosen early next year.

James C. Thomas, a Kilpatrick attorney, said there never was a Manoogian party and Kilpatrick did nothing to obstruct her murder investigation.

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