Greene family attorney again demands Kilpatrick’s computer

Detroit— A lawyer representing the family of slain exotic dancer Tamara “Strawberry” Greene renewed his request today to review ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s home computer and copies of files seized by unidentified investigators.

In a caustic filing in U.S. District Court in Detroit, Birmingham lawyer Norman Yatooma accused city lawyers of failing to turn over computer hard drives and thumb drives containing files belonging to Kilpatrick. Yatooma is trying to determine whether there’s any evidence that the former mayor or the city obstructed the investigation into Greene’s unsolved death.

“Bottom line, the city officials cannot be trusted,” Yatooma wrote. “They covered up the Tamara Green homicide investigation and now they are covering up their tracks. They make up whatever they like with no regard for the truth.”

City lawyer John Schapka could not be reached immediately for comment today.

The city and Kilpatrick’s lawyer are fighting a request of Yatooma’s firm to have the city pay for an independent expert to inspect and analyze two external hard drives filled with data.

Greene family lawyers are trying to find e-mails received and sent by Kilpatrick and others from September 2002 through June 2003.

The woman, who allegedly danced at a rumored but never proven party at the Manoogian Mansion, was killed in an unsolved drive-by shooting in 2003.

Greene’s family filed a lawsuit six years ago claiming a Detroit police investigation into Greene’s drive-by shooting death was quashed by authorities.

The city and Kilpatrick lawyer James C. Thomas have asked Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen to dismiss the lawsuit.

The seizure of Kilpatrick’s home computer is a mystery. It was first referenced in a cryptic court filing in December, but a court-issued gag order was imposed, preventing lawyers from discussing the issue.

The gag order was imposed the same day the FBI turned over reports to lawyers involved in the Greene case.

The FBI also turned over a report to lawyers during a status conference late last year. It’s unclear if there is a link between the FBI reports and the discovery of Kilpatrick’s home computer and whether it was seized as part of the criminal case against Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick was indicted by a federal grand jury in December, accused of orchestrating a racketeering scheme involving Detroit Water and Sewerage Department contracts.

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