DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – An appeals court has upheld a decision dismissing a lawsuit against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was accused of obstructing a murder investigation.

The court said Thursday that the family of stripper Tamara Greene, known as “Strawberry,” failed to show that her killer would have been found if not for the alleged actions of Kilpatrick and police officials.

Greene was fatally shot in a car in 2003.

Attorney Norman Yatooma claims Kilpatrick obstructed the murder investigation because Greene had danced at a rumored but never-proven party at the mayoral mansion.

Kilpatrick denied the allegations, including that the infamous Manoogian Mansion party ever took place.

Federal Judge Gerald Rosen dismissed the lawsuit in 2011, citing a lack of evidence connecting Kilpatrick or his allies to any interference with the probe.

Authorities believe Greene’s killer is in prison in another case.

(Catch up on the Green case here).

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