Judge to city: Why not save stripper messages?

A federal judge told the City of Detroit on Thursday to explain why he shouldn’t order a telecommunications firm to preserve the text messages of 34 city employees who may know something about the investigation of the killing of a stripper who may have danced at a long-rumored party at the mayoral Manoogian Mansion in the fall of 2002.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen gave the city two weeks to tell him why he shouldn’t order Skytel of Jackson, Miss., to save messages of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings and other officials.

Birmingham lawyer Norman Yatooma, who represents the 14-year-old son of the dancer in a lawsuit against the city, wants the messages so he can see whether city officials derailed the homicide investigation of Tamara Greene’s 2003 slaying, which remains unsolved.

Officials have denied scuttling the investigation and the existence of the party.


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