The loss came to light Tuesday during a hearing on a lawsuit brought against city officials by the family of Tamara Greene, an exotic dancer killed in a drive-by shooting, the Detroit Free Press reported. The family contends Greene performed at the mayoral mansion in 2002 and that Kilpatrick and other officials helped stymie the investigation into her death.
A city lawyer told U.S. Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen he was unable to produce e-mails between Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, because their hard drives had been shredded. He said that occurred about seven months before Kilpatrick resigned.
"It's highly troubling," Whalen responded.
Whalen said a number of lawsuits involving Kilpatrick and Beatty were already in the works when the data was lost in 2008, The Detroit News said. Kilpatrick resigned after admitting in a state case that he committed perjury in a deposition in another lawsuit.