Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Questioned over E-mails
DETROIT (WJBK) – Kwame Kilpatrick left prison to return to a federal courtroom on Monday. Appearing thinner and sporting a full beard, Kilpatrick remained composed as attorney Norman Yatooma peppered him with questions concerning missing e-mails.
“We’re proving here today that they destroyed e-mail correspondence, that they destroyed evidence they were required to keep,” said Yatooma outside of court.
He is representing the family of exotic dancer Tamara Greene. Greene. Her 2003 shooting death remains unsolved. Yatooma believe Kilpatrick and members of his administration hindered the investigation into her death.
Kilpatrick testified for more than two hours in federal court. Over and over he denied destroying, sending or receiving any e-mails concerning Greene’s murder and went as far as calling the lawsuit frivolous.
Also called to the stand were current Judge Ruth Carter. She was the former head of the law department, as was John Johnson.
“I was told when I was (corporation) counsel they had been destroyed,” said Johnson.
Time ran out before former Detroit Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings and Kilpatrick’s former body guards Lorenzo Jones and Mike Martin could testify, but they’ll be next. They are scheduled to be in court on Wednesday.