Kwame Kilpatrick’s father skips deposition in Greene case

The father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick failed to show today for sworn testimony in lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who was murdered after supposedly dancing at a long-rumored party at the Manoogian mansion.

Birmingham lawyer Norman Yatooma, who represents the family of Tamara Greene, said he was told that the elder Kilpatrick didn’t know he was to be deposed. Yatooma responded by asking U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen to fine Bernard Kilpatrick and his lawyer, Bobbie Gray Edmonds, for failing to produce him for questioning.

Edmonds told the Free Press he wasn’t refusing to be deposed and that she wants to work out a date for him to be questioned later in Michigan.

Yatooma asked Rosen to hold Kilpatrick and his lawyer in contempt and be fined.

Meanwhile, Kwame Kilpatrick’s wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, underwent nearly seven hours of questioning in Fort Worth in the first deposition she has given in the Manoogian case. Yatooma wouldn’t say if she invoked her constitutional privileges to remain silent on questions that might incriminate her or her husband.

Greene, 27, of Detroit was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, several months after she was said to have danced at the party.

The family contends that Detroit police deliberately sabotaged the investigation of the slaying to prevent the family from holding Greene’s killers accountable for her death.

The case is scheduled to go to trial early next year.

Bernard and Carlita Kilpatrick asked a federal judge last month to quash the deposition subpoenas on grounds that they would invoke their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Carlita Kilpatrick said she also would invoke her spousal privilege not to provide incriminating information against her husband.

But U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen rejected the request.

Kwame Kilpatrick underwent the second round of questioning in his deposition on Tuesday. He’s in custody at a federal prison in Milan on state probation violation charges. He’s under federal indictment on income tax evasion charges from his tenure as mayor.

The FBI has been investigating Bernard Kilpatrick in a municipal corruption probe. It has been investigating reports that people who wanted contracts with the city had to go through Bernard Kilpatrick, a Detroit consultant and former aide to the late Wayne County Executive Ed McNamara.

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