Yatooma calls on mystery woman in Tamara Greene obstruction case: Court order seals identity of witness to be deposed by the plaintiff

Detroit — A mystery woman is scheduled to be deposed today in the federal lawsuit brought by the family of a slain exotic dancer.

“There is a deponent who is yet to be deposed whose name is sealed,” said Birmingham attorney Norman Yatooma, who represents the family of Tamara “Strawberry” Greene.

James C. Thomas, the Detroit attorney representing former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, confirmed the deposition is set for today.

Neither would say who the woman is or how she is connected with the case. The identity of the witness, called by Yatooma, is sealed by a court order, Yatooma said.

Greene, a dancer linked to a rumored party featuring more than one stripper at the mayor’s Manoogian Mansion in the fall of 2002, was shot to death in Detroit on April 30, 2003. Her family is suing Kilpatrick and the city, alleging they obstructed the investigation of Greene’s unsolved murder for political reasons.

The defendants deny the allegations.

Yatooma said in a court filing Monday the city has continued to drag its feet in turning over cell phone records and other documents sought in the case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen has scheduled a Sept. 2 hearing on a motion to compel production of the records.

Kilpatrick, who is serving time at Milan prison for a state probation violation while he awaits trial on federal fraud and tax charges, was deposed in the case recently, as was his wife Carlita.

Depositions were supposed to wrap up Friday with the completion of testimony from Christine Beatty, Kilpatrick’s former chief of staff. But a deposition “no show” Thursday by Kilpatrick’s father Bernard could extend that date. Yatooma is seeking sanctions against the elder Kilpatrick.

Wilson Kay Jr., a felon with a history of mental illness who swore an affidavit saying he provided security at the party, twice failed to show for scheduled depositions.


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