Deposition For Unnamed Woman In Stripper Lawsuit
A woman was expected to give a deposition Saturday in a lawsuit filed against ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the city by the family of a stripper gunned down months after she was believed to have performed at the official mayoral residence.
Lawyers refused to release the woman’s name or her connection to Tamara Greene’s 2003 slaying and a 2002 party rumored – but never proven – to have taken place at Manoogian Mansion, The Detroit News reported.
Her testimony, like her identity, has been ordered sealed, said lawyer Norman Yatooma, who represents Greene’s three children in the civil lawsuit.
The suit claims Kilpatrick and other city officials stifled a police investigation into Greene’s death.
Kilpatrick already has given a deposition. He has said he had nothing to do with the slaying and that the party never occurred.
Kilpatrick currently is being held in a federal prison in Michigan on fraud and tax violations. He was moved to that facility from a state prison where he was serving at least 14 months for probation violation stemming from 2008 charges that followed a text messaging sex scandal.
Kilpatrick, his wife, Carlita, and his father, Bernard, are among 331 names on a witness list Yatooma submitted to the court, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The list also includes all members of Kilpatrick’s police executive protection unit from 2001 to his resignation in 2008, an admitted hit man, numerous police officials and members of his City Hall staff.
It will be pared down significantly before the case goes to trial, Yatooma said.
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