Tamara Greene family lawyer: Let public see my Manoogian evidence

A lawyer for the family of a slain stripper said to have danced at a wild party at the Manoogian Mansion filed a 100-page legal response late Wednesday to counter efforts to dismiss his lawsuit against the City of Detroit and ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Birmingham lawyer Norman Yatooma filed the paperwork electronically — and under seal — as required by U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen. Yatooma’s staff worked through the night electronically filing dozens of attachments, including excerpts of deposition transcripts, to his legal brief. Those, too, were filed under seal.

The Free Press today filed court papers asking Rosen to unseal Yatooma’s documents.

Yatooma told the Free Press Wednesday that he will ask Rosen to unseal the document, noting that city attorney John Schapka inadvertently – and briefly – filed his lawsuit dismissal request publicly.

The Free Press downloaded Schapka’s document during the five-minute period that it was online and wrote a detailed story about it.

Yatooma said it’s only fair that Rosen allow him to unseal his documents.

Yatooma represents the family of Tamara Greene, 27, of Detroit, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, some six months after supposedly dancing at a long-rumored stag party at the mansion.

Carlita Kilpatrick, wife of then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is said to have assaulted Greene after walking into the party, according to the rumor.

Greene’s family sued the city and Kilpatrick, charging that they sabotaged Greene’s murder investigation to prevent her killers from being caught. The city and Kilpatrick have denied the allegations. Kilpatrick has said the party and assault never happened.

Rosen is expected to review the documents Yatooma filed Wednesday and decide whether all or portions of the document should be made public.


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