Greene lawsuit against Detroit tossed out by federal judge

The Detroit Free Press reports that a $150 million lawsuit filed by the family of Tamara Greene was dismissed Nov. 1 by U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen.

Greene’s family sued the city of Detroit and former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in 2005, saying officials sabotaged the 27-year-old’s murder investigation to prevent her killers from being found.

Greene, who danced under the name Strawberry, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Detroit in April 2003. This happened some eight months after rumors spread that she danced at a never-proven wild party at the mayoral Manoogian mansion in 2002, and supposedly had been assaulted by Carlita Kilpatrick, the wife of the then-mayor.

The Free Press said that there was no immediate comment from attorney Norman Yatooma, who represents Greene’s family, or from attorney James Thomas, who represents Kilpatrick. Yatooma is expected to appeal the ruling.

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Kilpatrick dodges hearing – for now

  Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has gotten a repreive from the Michigan Court Of Appeals, which halted his Friday probation violation hearing, reported The Detroit Free Press:

The ruling also put on hold, at least temporarily, an arrest warrant signed [Thursday] by Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner for Kilpatrick after he failed to make a $79,011 court-ordered restitution payment stemming from his criminal case along with additional allegations that he failed to give a “complete and accurate accounting” of his wife’s finances.

 The warrant also alleges that Kilpatrick failed to surrender all his tax refunds and did not account for all his gifts and benefits, including the $240,000 lent to him by various business leaders, including Peter Karmanos, Roger Penske, Dan Gilbert and Jim Nicholson.

 Nonetheless, the appellate judges had words for Daniel Hajji, one of Kilpatrick’s attorneys, after Hajji argued this week in court filings that his client

 In the motion to stop the proceedings, Hajji wrote Tuesday that the former Detroit mayor has to maintain an upper-crust lifestyle in Texas because he is trying to sell computer systems to “the privileged and the affluent.”

 Appellate Judge Karen Fort Hood wrote that Hajji’s filing is “unconscionable and does not merit serious consideration.”

 The warrant was requested by the state Department of Corrections and Kilpatrick’s probation officer.

 Additionally, the warrant says Kilpatrick did not turn over his state and city pension, as required by his 2008 plea agreement.

  There was no time frame given for a resolution, but you can bet this case his the highest priority and will be adressed immediately, if not sooner.