SkyTel waits for court to rule on city messages in stripper’s case

SkyTel stands ready to comply with subpoenas for telecommunications of 34 city employees in a lawyer’s quest for information about the investigation of the killing of a stripper who may have danced at a long-rumored party at the mayoral Manoogian Mansion in 2002.

In a Feb. 8 e-mail to lawyers involved in the case, Stephen Oshinsky, SkyTel’s director of systems architecture, wrote that the Jackson, Miss., company is ready to comply with any ruling ordering the release of the documents.

Birmingham lawyer Norman Yatooma, who represents the 14-year-old son of the dancer in a federal lawsuit against the city, wants the messages so he can see whether city officials derailed the homicide investigation of Tamara Greene’s 2003 slaying, which remains unsolved.

Lawyers for the city have filed requests to kill the subpoenas, calling them overbroad and harassing.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen will ultimately rule on whether the employees’ text messages should be released.

Oshinsky declined comment when reached by phone today.

His e-mail, which is contained in the court file, was sent before Yatooma filed additional subpoenas on Feb. 11 for SkyTel to provide text messages from all city employees sent between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on April 30, 2003, the day Greene was fatally shot.

Yatooma said today that Oshinsky’s e-mail makes it apparent that SkyTel is willing to release the text messages, given a judicial order.

“It would appear Skytel has the records,” he said. “They’re simply waiting for court to allow them to provide them.”

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