Yatooma Says Greene Case Takes Step In Right Direction
DETROIT — A small victory was won Tuesday for the lawyers representing the son of slain stripper, Tamara Greene, in a multimillion dollar wrongful death lawsuit.
A federal judge ordered the city’s former pager provider, SkyTel Corp., to turn over all the personal identification numbers by May 19, so two appointed magistrates can review the text messages’ content.
Behind closed doors, U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen ordered SkyTel Corp., of Clinton, Miss. to turn over the names and pin numbers off all city employees who used communication devices between 2002 and 2007.
Greene’s family Lawyer, Norman Yatooma, is hoping the text messages will provide clues to who killed Greene in 2003 during a drive-by shooting.
Greene was killed months after allegedly dancing at a long- rumored, but never substantiated, Manoogian Mansion party.
Yatooma claims Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and other city officials interfered with the investigation into Greene’s death.
Yatooma said he’s not sure what’s in those text messages, but attorneys representing the city have fought hard to keep any messages from being released.
Former chief of staff Christine Beatty’s lawyer, Mayer Morganroth, was quick to point out that just because the names and pin numbers will be released, it doesn’t mean the actual text messages will be made public.
Yatooma filed a motion for Sky Tel Corp. to produce text messages of all city employees between 1:30 and 5:30 a.m. on April 30 2003, the day Greene was fatally shot in Detroit.