Judge: Free Press request in Tamara Greene Greene lawsuit premature

A federal judge today denied requests by the Free Press and other media outlets to intervene in a federal lawsuit resulting from the slaying of a stripper said to have danced at a party at the Manoogian Mansion.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen said the requests by the Free Press, Detroit News and WXYZ-TV were premature. He said the media outlets could try to intervene again when he finishes reviewing a 130-page court document that a lawyer for the family of Tamara Greene filed last week in hopes of persuading Rosen to let their lawsuit go to trial.

Greene, 27, of Detroit was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, some six months after she supposedly danced at the never-proven party. Her family sued the city and then-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, charging that Kilpatrick and Detroit cops deliberately botched her murder investigation to prevent her killers from being found.

The city and Kilpatrick asked Rosen several weeks ago to dismiss the lawsuit, saying five years of litigation have failed to substantiate the family’s claims.

Last week, the family’s lawyer, Norman Yatooma, filed a 130-page response. It was filed under seal on orders from Rosen.

The sealed filing prompted the media outlets to ask Rosen to let them intervene in the suit to try to persuade Rosen to release Yatooma’s filing.

Rosen said in today’s order that he will review the filing — plus nearly 100 documents Yatooma filed — and decide how much of the paperwork should be released. He also denied Yatooma’s request to unseal the filing.

“We’ll await Judge Rosen’s opinion and then make a decision as to whether we’ll seek further relief,” said Free Press lawyer Herschel Fink, who filed the initial media request that the Detroit News and WXYZ-TV later joined.


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