Detroit stripper case documents unsealed

Jan. 10, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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DETROIT, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen has unsealed documents pertinent to dismissal of a lawsuit involving a stripper and the former mayor of Detroit.

The family of Tamara Greene, who allegedly danced at a 2002 party at the mansion of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and died in a 2003 shooting, sued the city for $150 million. Few new details about the investigation were found in the thousands of pages of unsealed documents, the Detroit News reported, but they show how contentious the case became.

Judge Rosen dismissed the suit in November 2011, citing a lack of evidence to show municipal liability.

The documents show a clash between investigators of the Michigan State Police and the staff of former Attorney General Mike Cox, and surprise on the part of Robert Bertee, second-in-command of the State Police, that Cox himself interviewed Kilpatrick about the alleged mansionparty without recording the interview and without involving the police.

While the story captured headlines for years, there has never been proof a party occurred, or that the 27-year-old Greene's death figured into it.

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