Lawyer to publicly re-file brief in Tamara Greene case

The lawyer for the family of a slain stripper who supposedly danced at a wild party at the Manoogian Mansion will finally get a chance to publicly explain why the family’s lawsuit should go to trial.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen today ordered attorney Norman Yatooma to publicly re-file the motion he recently filed under seal. The motion urges Rosen to reject requests by the City of Detroit and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to dismiss the suit.

Tamara Greene, 27, of Detroit was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, some six months after supposedly dancing at the never-proven party at the Manoogian. Her family sued, accusing the city and then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of ordering police to sabotage her murder investigation to prevent her killers from being found.

Lawyers for the city and Kilpatrick have denied the charges.

In late September, they asked Rosen to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that five years of litigation have failed to substantiate the charges. One of the briefs inadvertently was filed on the public docket. The Free Press downloaded a copy and wrote a detailed report about it.

Yatooma filed his response last week under seal — on Rosen’s orders.

Rosen decided that the motion could be re-filed publicly — with some of the information deleted — after meeting in chambers with lawyers in the case.

The judge said he directed Yatooma to delete “a limited number” of passages from his brief and re-file it. Yatooma said he hasn’t decided when he will re-file the brief.

Rosen said he directed Yatooma to delete portions of the brief that likely would be inadmissible at trial, either because they were based on inadmissible hearsay that would needlessly damage the reputations of individuals addressed in the passages.

Other passages were deleted because they could annoy, embarrass or damage the privacy interests and reputations of non-parties to the suit.

“The court’s determinations as to these passages are only preliminary, and not final, and the facts and information referenced in these passages will be publicly disclosed in the event that they ultimately prove relevant to the Court’s rulings on defendant’s motions,” Rosen said.

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