VIDEO: Judge Urged To Revisit Greene Documents — Judge Previously Denied Media’s Request
DETROIT — The Detroit Free Press is renewing its effort to persuade a judge to unseal the deposition of state Attorney General Mike Cox in a lawsuit over the unsolved slaying of a stripper.
In a court filing Wednesday, the Free Press said information identifying people with no role in the case could be redacted.
Federal Judge Gerald Rosen has refused to unseal documents, saying he wants to protect the ongoing investigation of Tamara Greene’s murder and the privacy of third parties.
He expressed a similar view during a hearing on May 12.
News media have asked Rosen to unseal certain documents, especially depositions.
The news media’s interest must be trumped by the ongoing investigation into Greene’s death, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy wrote in an April 29 letter to Rosen.
Greene’s family is suing Detroit and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, claiming the homicide investigation was intentionally stifled years ago.
“Criminal investigations cannot be conducted by the media… I am simply asking that during the discovery phase of the civil lawsuit, that the Court maintains the procedural safeguards currently in place to avoid any interference with the ongoing investigation,” said Worthy in the letter.
Greene, a dancer known as Strawberry, was rumored to have been at the “urban legend” party at the Manoogian mansion thrown by Kilpatrick in 2002.
It was also rumored that Greene was assaulted by the mayor’s wife, Carlita, when she walked into the party and saw Greene with Kilpatrick.
On April 30, 2003, Greene was in a car with her boyfriend on Detroit’s west side when a gunman opened fire on their vehicle, killing Greene and wounding her boyfriend.
Cox investigated the rumored party hosted by Kilpatrick and possibly attended by Greene but called it an “urban legend.”