An appeals court has upheld a decision dismissing a lawsuit against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was accused of obstructing a murder investigation.
The court said Thursday that the family of stripper Tamara Greene failed to show that her killer would have been found if not for the alleged actions of Kilpatrick and police officials.
Greene, an exotic dancer, was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2003. It was rumored that she danced at a never-proven party at the Detroit mayor's Manoogian Mansion that was thrown by then-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in 2002.
Her family filed a lawsuit in 2005 on claims Kilpatrick and other high-ranking city officials thwarted the investigation into her death.
Was there a cover-up? Former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox investigated and called the incident an urban legend. But state police investigators on the case testify they were upset when Cox pulled the plug on the investigation before they were finished.
Federal Judge Gerald Rosen dismissed the lawsuit in 2011, citing a lack of evidence connecting Kilpatrick or his allies to any interference with the probe.
Authorities believe Greene's killer is in prison in another case.