Kilpatrick aide: I didn’t say e-mail was destroyed

Former Detroit mayoral aide Patricia Peoples contradicted testimony from the city’s former law director about the destruction of e-mails at the center of a lawsuit involving slain stripper Tamara Greene.

Peoples testified Wednesday in federal court in Detroit that she told ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s former Law Department Director John Johnson that she had thrown away an outdated list of city staffers who had been assigned text messaging devices, but that she never told him e-mail had been destroyed.

“If John Johnson doesn’t know the difference between text messages and e-mail, shame on him,” she said.

Johnson testified in March that Peoples had told him all mayoral e-mail had been destroyed at the end of Kilpatrick’s first term.

Peoples, Kilpatrick’s cousin and former deputy chief of staff, testified in a lawsuit filed by the family of Greene, 27, who was fatally shot in April 2003, eight months after purportedly dancing at a rumored party at the mayoral Manoogian Mansion.

Greene’s family says Kilpatrick and city officials derailed Greene’s murder probe to prevent her killers from being found. Kilpatrick and the city have denied that and want the lawsuit dismissed.

Wednesday’s testimony was part of an ongoing hearing to determine what happened to e-mail and computer hard drives the family’s lawyer, Norman Yatooma, says the city destroyed or withheld.

A computer expert hired by Yatooma, Scott Bailey, testified Wednesday that his analysis shows the city gave Yatooma 831 e-mails of former Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings, but withheld more than 6,000 other messages.

City Attorney John Schapka said he doesn’t know why all of Bully-Cummings’ e-mails were not turned over.

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