Tamara Greene family’s lawyer seeks judgment against Detroit — again

A lawyer for the family of a slain stripper said to have danced at a rumored party at the mayoral Manoogian Mansion asked a federal judge Monday to issue a default judgment — again — against the City of Detroit for continuing to withhold records in his lawsuit against the city.

Norman Yatooma of Birmingham said the city “has repeatedly engaged in a patter of dilatory and deceptive conduct by providing inaccurate, incomplete and misleading responses” to his requests for documents in the case, despite court orders to release the information.

He asked U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen to issue the judgment, which would, in effect, declare Yatooma’s clients winners.

Yatooma repeatedly has criticized the city for claiming documents don’t exist, only to discover that they do.

He said the city, despite orders from federal Magistrate Steven Whalen, has failed to produce Sept. 4, 2002, run sheets for a police sergeant whom a police dispatcher said she sent to respond to calls about a disturbance at the Manoogian. He also said reports filed by officers who responded to the run are missing.

Yatooma said the city has not produced all of the e-mails of former Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings and two former members of then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s security detail. He said the city also has failed to produce Kilpatrick’s home computer.

City Attorney John Schapka couldn’t be reached for comment.

Yatooma represents the family of Tamara Greene, 27, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in April 2003, about six months after supposedly dancing at the alleged party. He said city and police officials sabotaged her murder probe to prevent her killers from being found.


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