Detroit City Lawyer to Unseal File in Tamara Greene Case

A federal judge today said that the city lawyer for the family of a slain stripper, who supposedly danced at a wild party at the Manoogian Mansion, could file an unsealed copy explaining why the lawsuit should go to trial.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen ordered city lawyer Norman Yatooma to publicly explain the motion he recently filed under seal, which urges Rosen to reject requests by the city of Detroit and ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to dismiss a civil lawsuit.

Tamara “Strawberry” Greene, 27, was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, several months after she was linked to a rumored but never proven party at the mayor’s mansion in fall 2002.

Greene’s family accuses Detroit and Kilpatrick of ordering police to sabotage her murder investigation to prevent her killers from being found, however, city lawyers and Kilpatrick have denied the charges.

Rosen decided that the motion could be re-filed publicly, with some of the information deleted, to avoid undue annoyance, embarrassment, or damage to the privacy interests and reputations of nonparties.

“The court’s determinations as to these passages are only preliminary, and not final, and the facts and information referenced in these passages will be publicly disclosed in the event that they ultimately prove relevant to the Court’s rulings on defendant’s motions,” said Rosen.

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