Judge refuses to unseal Detroit cops’ depositions in suit involving slain stripper

DETROIT — The lawsuit involving the rumored yet never proven wild party at the Manoogian Mansion has witnessed yet another development.

A federal judge ruled that he would not unseal the depositions of two Detroit police officers who were once part of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s infamous executive protection unit, according to a court document filed Monday.

The officers, Michael Martin and Lorenzo Jones, are suing the City of Detroit and a Detroit police sergeant, alleging their careers have been ruined since they were wrongfully linked to the murder investigation of slain stripper Tamara Greene, who was rumored to have danced at the Manoogian Mansion party when Kilpatrick was mayor.

“This motion does not even attempt to identify a need for access to the deposition testimony,” U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen wrote in his ruling, noting that Jones and Martin can be deposed again.

The attorney for Martin and Jones could not be immediately reached for comment by the Detroit Free Press.

According to court records, Detroit Police Sgt. Marian Stevenson, the homicide detective initially assigned to the Greene probe, said under oath that she saw a videotape that showed Martin and Jones at Greene’s funeral, which, they claim, wasn’t true.

Greene’s family unsuccessfully sued the city and Kilpatrick, alleging they obstructed Greene’s murder. The case is on appeal.

Meanwhile, Martin and Jones want Rosen to unseal their depositions so they can use them in their civil lawsuit against the city.



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