Hearing set on Kilpatrick’s discarded computers

A federal judge today scheduled a hearing for Dec. 1 before deciding whether to sanction the city of Detroit for destroying ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s computer 2008 while lawsuits were pending involving e-mails and text messages.

The evidentiary hearing was set during a closed-door meeting today in U.S. District Court involving parties in a lawsuit between the city and the family of Tamara “Strawberry” Greene. She allegedly performed at a rumored Manoogian Mansion party in 2002 and was killed months later in a drive-by shooting.

Greene family lawyer Norman Yatooma has requested a default judgment against the city for intentionally throwing away Kilpatrick’s computer. He also said the city should pay a sizable fine.

Kilpatrick’s computer was thrown away seven months before he resigned in 2008.

City attorney John Schapka said computers belonging to Kilpatrick and his former mistress, then-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, were thrown away and replaced in February 2008 — even though the Greene suit and other cases were pending.

U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen last month said he was troubled that the computers were thrown away.

“We’re all very troubled by the idea that they threw out the computers,” Yatooma said today.


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