Tamara Greene case: Detroit ordered to find Kilpatrick computer files

A federal magistrate ordered the City of Detroit to search for new evidence in a lawsuit involving a slain stripper said to have danced at a rumored but never-proved party at the Manoogian Mansion.

Magistrate Steven Whalen on Monday gave city attorney John Schapka seven days to find two external hard drives labeled “Mayor’s backup” that were created by a city computer specialist from ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s home computer.

Whalen also ordered Schapka to search for one or more CDs containing files the city downloaded from Kilpatrick’s city computer before Kilpatrick’s hard drive went missing.

It’s unclear how Whalen found out about the new evidence, but his order told lawyers not to divulge FBI reports they were given, or what was discussed Monday in a closed-door status conference in his chambers.

Schapka has seven days to give the information to Kilpatrick’s lawyer, James Thomas, who then will have seven days to file objections, before it’s given to attorney Norman Yatooma, who represents the family of Tamara Greene.

Schapka wouldn’t discuss the order and Thomas couldn’t be reached.

Yatooma, who repeatedly has accused the city of concealing evidence, said he was pleased: “People accuse me of going on fishing expeditions, but sometimes, when you go fishing, you catch something.”

Greene, 27, was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, about six months after supposedly dancing at the party. Her family sued Kilpatrick and the city, saying officials sabotaged her murder probe so her killers couldn’t be found — which the city and Kilpatrick deny.

Yatooma wants Whalen to sanction the city for failing to turn over Kilpatrick’s e-mails for a nine-month period surrounding the rumored party and Greene’s death. The city says its e-mail system automatically destroyed them years before the suit was filed.


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