Kilpatrick to testify about missing laptop

Detroit— Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will testify Monday at a hearing in federal court that could help a judge decide whether to sanction the city over supposedly destroying his computer in 2008.

In the meantime, the city will search its computer servers for any e-mails belonging to Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff, Christine Beatty; former Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings; and former Detroit Corporation Counsel Ruth Carter, who is now a 36th District judge.

Kilpatrick will be questioned about an affidavit he signed last month claiming he did not know how to archive or store e-mails while mayor.

“From what I know about Kwame Kilpatrick, after he says his first name and last name, everything else out of his mouth is a lie,” said lawyer Norman Yatooma, who represents the family of Tamara “Strawberry” Greene. She allegedly performed at a rumored Manoogian Mansion party in 2002 and was killed months later in an unsolved drive-by shooting.

Greene family lawyers want Kilpatrick’s e-mails from September 2002 through June 2003 to see if there is any proof that the ex-mayor or city obstructed the homicide investigation.

A hearing was held Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit to help the judge decide whether to sanction the city for supposedly destroying Kilpatrick’s computer.

The hearing included testimony of Terrance Sims, a Detroit employee who oversees the city’s e-mail system. He supervised a search last month for Kilpatrick’s e-mail but found none in the ex-mayor’s inbox from September 2002 through June 2003.

The search did find unopened or undeleted e-mails from 2006 through last month, showing Kilpatrick’s e-mail address still receives messages, though they’re mostly spam.

Sims said the discovery shocked a city lawyer who in July claimed Kilpatrick and Beatty’s e-mails were purged.

“When I delivered the e-mails, they were kind of surprised,” Sims testified before U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen.
Kilpatrick filed an affidavit last week saying his computer was given to his successor, Kenneth Cockrel Jr.

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