New subpoenas planned in investigation of stripper’s death

The attorney for the son of a stripper whose killing is still unsolved plans to file new subpoenas Monday in the case.

Attorney Norman Yatooma has already subpoenaed e-mails and text messages from 34 city officials, including Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, in the case. Yatooma said Saturday he could not say what the new subpoenas would request until they are filed Monday.

Yatooma represents the 14-year-old son of Tamara Greene, who was shot to death in April 2003. Greene, nicknamed Strawberry, was said to have danced at a party at the Manoogian Mansion in 2002; city officials have said the party never happened.

Last week, the federal judge in the lawsuit that alleges a cover-up in Greene’s death gave the city two weeks to say why SkyTel, its pager company, should not preserve the messages Yatooma has asked for.

Attorneys for the city argued in a brief filed Friday that the subpoenas were premature, covered documents that were irrelevant to the case, covered too long a period of time and were harassing.

The subpoenas are for e-mails, text messages, instant messages, phone calls and message logs from various periods of time beginning Sept. 1, 2002, through Sept. 30, 2007.

The request could cover millions of documents and is nothing more than a fishing expedition, attorney Mayer Morganroth, who represents the City of Detroit and other defendants, argued. Morganroth said he plans to ask the judge to dismiss the case within the next few days.

The lawsuit Yatooma filed alleges that police and city officials halted the investigation into Greene’s death and covered it up. A former police lieutenant, Alvin Bowman, charged in a lawsuit of his own that city officials transferred him out of the homicide division because he was investigating Greene’s death. He then left the police department and later won $200,000 in the lawsuit.

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