Kilpatrick, Beatty among those to be asked to testify in Tamara Greene case
A federal magistrate has scheduled another hearing to find out what happened to missing e-mail that might shed light on the slaying of a stripper several months after she supposedly danced at a wild party at the mayoral Manoogian Mansion.
Magistrate Steven Whalen scheduled the hearing for March 7.
Birmingham lawyer Norman Yatooma, attorney for the family of Tamara Greene, said he would call ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, former Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings, former Law Department directors Ruth Carter and John Johnson and two former mayoral bodyguards to testify at the March 7 hearing. He said he also hopes to get testimony from Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff, Christine Beatty.
The hearings could help Whalen decide whether to grant Yatooma’s request to penalize the city for losing or destroying Kilpatrick’s computer, causing potentially relevant e-mails to be destroyed.
Greene was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, some six months after supposedly dancing at the long-rumored but never proven party. Greene’s family sued, saying city officials sabotaged her murder investigation to prevent her killers from being found.
The city and Kilpatrick have denied the charges and have asked U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen to dismiss the suit.
Rosen is unlikely to take up the issue until both sides resolve disputes over whether the city has withheld potential evidence in the case, including e-mail traffic among the people Yatooma plans to question.
The city contends among other things that the city can’t produce the requested e-mail because its computer system was programmed to automatically delete it.
Terrance Sims, who is in charge of Detroit’s e-mail system, testified at an initial hearing last Dec. 1 that Kilpatrick’s deleted e-mails weren’t retrievable because the city’s system deletes them automatically after one week. He said the city doesn’t archive or monitor e-mail because of a lack of funds.