Both sides in Tamara Greene case to be in court

Both sides in the Tamara Greene lawsuit will meet in federal court Tuesday to haggle over a key sticking point in the 5-year-old case: has the city of Detroit provided enough information to the family of Greene, the slain stripper said to have danced at a wild party at the Manoogian Mansion.

On Friday, in U.S. District Court in Detroit, both sides filed a joint list of resolved and unresolved issues regarding discovery requests by Greene’s family, which is suing the city and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, claiming that Detroit police sabotaged the investigation so her killers couldn’t be brought to justice.
What remains unresolved, according to court documents filed Friday, is Norman Yatooma’s request that the city produce a variety of evidence, including any and all electronic or hard copy run sheets for Detroit police officers assigned to the 7th Precinct in August, September and October 2002; e-mails for Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty, among others; daily detail sheets for Belle Isle Detail; all calendars with entries for Kilpatrick, Ella Bully-Cummings, Beatty and others from Aug. 1, 2002, through June 30, 2003.

Greene, 27, was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, some six months after she supposedly danced at the party. The city, which has argued that Greene was caught in the middle of a drug ambush, has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

As for Yatooma’s discovery requests, the city has argued that it has already turned over thousands of police records, and that the police documents and records that Yatooma still wants “may have been purged,” noting Detroit police activity logs, or run sheets, are subject to a three-year retention period. The city also has argued that it has “neither care, control, nor possession of the calenders with all entries” for Kilpatrick, Beatty, Bully-Cummings and others.
Kilpatrick has repeatedly denied that the party ever occurred or that his wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, assaulted a stripper at the bash.

Yatooma is facing a Nov. 10 deadline to respond to requests by the city of Detroit and Kilpatrick to dismiss the lawsuit.

Neither Yatooma nor City Attorney John Schapka were available for comment.

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