Judge is ordered to answer questions in Tamara Greene lawsuit

A federal judge today ordered a 36th District Court judge to answer more questions and the city of Detroit to provide more information in a lawsuit resulting from the slaying of a woman said to have danced at a wild party at the Manoogian Mansion.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen ordered the city of Detroit by the close of business Monday to produce any information that it had previously been ordered to turn over to Birmingham lawyer Norman Yatooma, who represents the family of Tamara Greene. The information includes personnel files of Detroit police executives.

Rosen also ordered 36th District Judge Ruth Carter, the former head of the Detroit Law Department, to sit for a deposition to be completed by Nov. 1, to answer questions that she declined to answer during an earlier deposition.

Rosen set a Nov. 10 deadline for Yatooma to respond to last month’s requests by the city of Detroit and ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to dismiss a 5-year-old lawsuit.

Greene, 27, was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, some six months after she supposedly danced at the long-rumored party at the mayoral mansion. Her family contends that city officials sabotaged her murder investigation to prevent the killers from being brought to justice.

Lawyers for Kilpatrick and the city argue that there is no evidence to support the charge.

City attorney John Schapka said he couldn’t comment on the latest developments.

Yatooma again accused the city of dragging its feet on information requests in the case.


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