Secrecy: Tamara Greene

Tamara GreeneSworn testimony from Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox in the Tamara Greene murder investigation will remain under court seal for the time being.

Federal Judge Gerald Rosen ruled against the media’s request to unseal documents in the case, saying he wants to protect the ongoing investigation and the privacy of third parties.

Rosen had previously said he would not release the documents, but the Detroit Free Press recently renewed its effort to obtain Cox’s deposition.

Greene’s family is suing Detroit and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, claiming the homicide investigation was intentionally stifled years ago.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has previously said that she agrees with Rosen: the documents should remain sealed. 

Tamara Greene was shot to death in a drive-by shooting back in 2003. She was an exotic dancer believed to be at a rumored – but never proven – party at the Manoogian Mansion when Kwame Kilpatrick  was Mayor of Detroit. Tamara was hit “once behind the left ear, once through the jaw, and once through the left arm and chest. Mitchell was struck by five bullets, including once in the neck, according to official reports.” Mitchell managed to call for help. Whoever the shooter was, he never came back.

The Detroit News wrote Greene was in the driver’s seat and they were in front of Mitchell’s house. They had just left the club where she worked as a stripper. A white SUV turned the corner with a man holding a pistol out the window. Mitchell described him as: “light-skinned” just like the short man with whom he fought a few weeks before. Curiously, Mitchell “ducked for cover into the foot-well of the Buick Skylark but he said nothing to Greene.” Read more here.