Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick could be back on the witness stand next week

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may get a break from prison next week to appear at a hearing in federal court, where attorney Norman Yatooma wants to question him about his missing city computer.

Kilpatrick’s computer is a sore subject for the City of Detroit, as a federal magistrate judge is considering sanctioning the city for destroying or losing Kilpatrick’s computer and, consequently, destroying e-mails that could be relevant to lawsuits.

The city will present its witnesses at a hearing today in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Yatooma will present his witnesses at a hearing Monday.

Yatooma said he believes that Kilpatrick’s computer and e-mails were intentionally destroyed to hurt lawsuits by Yatooma and others. Yatooma is representing the family of slain exotic dancer Tamara Greene, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, about six months after she supposedly danced at a rumored party at the mayoral Manoogian mansion.

The Greene family is suing the city and Kilpatrick, saying they intentionally botched her murder investigation to prevent her killer from being caught.

Kilpatrick and the city deny a cover-up and want the lawsuit dismissed.

As for Kilpatrick’s computer, Kilpatrick said in an affidavit last week that he gave the computer to then-Detroit City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr., his successor as mayor, when Kilpatrick resigned in 2008.

Cockrel said: “I never saw it.”

It’s all nonsense, said Yatooma, who wants to cross-examine Kilpatrick and Cockrel on Monday.


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