Saturday, April 05, 2008

Detroit City lawyer suddenly remembers the secret deal she signed

About to be faced with an order to produce her emails, Detroit's chief assistant corporation counsel, Valerie Colbert-Osamuede suddenly had her memory refreshed and recalled signing the deal.

From the Detroit Free Press:
A city lawyer who told a Wayne County judge that she wasn't aware of any confidential agreements in Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's text message scandal changed her mind Friday.

Valerie Colbert-Osamuede, the city's chief assistant corporation counsel, wrote in a letter to Wayne County Circuit Judge Robert Colombo Jr. that she now recalls signing a confidential settlement agreement Oct. 17 (- the deal that secretly settled the Kwame lawsuit case -) and that she also received subsequent e-mails about that deal.

Her letter came a day after her e-mails were ordered to be produced in a Free Press Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the city.

"I have discovered ... my answers did not fully reflect all of the circumstances," Colbert-Osamuede wrote. "This letter is submitted to clarify my prior statements. The responses to the court's questions were my best recollection at the time and were truthful."
It will be interesting to see how far the scandal reaches in Detroit. These memories that suddenly reappear pending the inevitable discovery of the truth are rather convenient aren't they?

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