Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be asked to testify about missing emails in stripper case

DETROIT (WXYZ) – Detroit’s former mayor will soon have to take the stand in the slain stripper lawsuit. Kwame Kilpatrick will be transported from prison to testify in the Tamara Greene lawsuit next month. And he’s not the only high-profile former city leader who will have to take the stand.

Kwame Kilpatrick will be sworn in to give testimony inside the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit on March 7th. The former mayor will be asked about what happened to emails he wrote during a nine month period between 2002 and 2003.

Attorney Norman Yatooma is suing Kilpatrick and the City of Detroit, alleging they obstructed the investigation into the murder of Tamara Greene. Greene is alleged to have danced at a never proven Manoogian Mansion party.

Yatooma will also get to question former police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings, former Detroit Corporation Counsels Ruth Carter and John Johnson Jr., and ex-mayoral bodyguards Mike Martin and Loronzo Jones about emails they may have written. Yatooma says those emails should have been saved.

“It’s limited to this email production, obviously we’ve seen what the text messages have done with Kwame Kilpatrick and his kingdom, can you imagine what the emails would have done? It’s beyond curious that all of these emails have gone missing, every one,” Yatooma told Action News Investigator Heather Catallo.

City lawyers have argued that Yatooma is asking for emails beyond the scope of discovery in this case – but in the past, they did admit some emails were electronically shredded.

“They’ve obviously done nothing to maintain any sort of adherence with the court order, or with the law. It’s a big problem for the city; it’s a big problem for this case. They destroyed all the evidence in the Tamara Greene murder investigation, now they’re destroying all the evidence in the case that’s trying to demonstrate that they covered up the Tamara Greene murder investigation. Why produce it, if you can destroy it? That appears to be their motto,” said Yatooma.

Yatooma says he may also question Christine Beatty on a separate day of testimony, if that’s needed… but that would be done by video or phone since she no longer lives in Michigan. Testimony will only be allowed about this issue of what happened to the emails, so the magistrate can determine whether evidence was destroyed.

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