Tamara Greene family lawyer to re-file motion publicly

The lawyer for the family of a slain stripper rumored to have danced at a never-proved 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 gave Birmingham attorney Norman Yatooma the green light Friday to re-file publicly a 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.

Rosen ordered Yatooma to delete some portions of the brief that constitute inadmissible evidence, would embarrass or damage the privacy interests and reputations of nonparties or will have no bearing on his decision about whether to let the case go to trial. He directed Yatooma to re-file the brief promptly.

“I am encouraged that the public will finally be able to see at least most of the story behind the plight of Tammy Greene’s kids in their efforts to simply find out why Kwame Kilpatrick covered up their mother’s murder investigation,” Yatooma said.

Tamara Greene, 27, of Detroit was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, some six months after she was said to have danced at the rumored party. According to the rumor, Greene was assaulted by Kilpatrick’s wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, at the party.

Greene’s family sued, accusing the city and then-mayor of ordering police to derail her murder investigation to prevent her killers from being caught. Lawyers for the city and Kilpatrick have denied the charges.

In late September, they asked Rosen to dismiss the lawsuit, saying five years of litigation has failed to substantiate the charges. One of the briefs inadvertently was filed on the public docket. The Free Press wrote about it, prompting Yatooma to ask Rosen to let him file a public response.


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