Yatooma on Kilpatrick: ‘We have him by the texticles’

Birmingham lawyer Norman Yatooma deposed ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for the second time last Tuesday in a federal lawsuit filed by the family of a woman said to have danced at a rumored-but-never-proved wild party at the Manoogian Mansion in 2002.

After the contentious deposition, in which Kilpatrick refused to answer some questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, Yatooma expressed confidence in winning his suit against the city for botching the investigation into the woman’s subsequent murder.

How confident is he? “Whether he tells the truth, whether he lies, whether he pleads any amendment — I can’t help myself — we have him by the ‘texticles’ ,” Yatooma said. “We absolutely positively have text messages here that he can’t run from,” Yatooma said, referring to Kilpatrick’s text messages with former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty that forced Kilpatrick to resign and landed him in jail.


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