Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Documents imply Ilitch may have gotten special treatment in Domestic Assault case

Following an 8.02.04 Domestic Violence call, Troy Police Department records indicate Harold Fried, an attorney for Ronald Ilitch, cut a deal with officers who allowed him to produce his client the following morning at the Police Department rather than endure questioning -- and a possible arrest -- at the crime scene.

The afternoon following the call to Police, a local NBC affiliate was reporting:

"The son of Detroit business icon Mike Ilitch is wanted by Troy police for questioning, according to Local 4 reports.

"Police said they want to speak with Ron Ilitch about a fight he apparently had with his girlfriend.

"Authorities reportedly have been unable to locate Ilitch."
Lisa Wood, Ron Ilitch's girlfriend, had been living with him at the time. According to various news accounts, on several occassions during the Summer of 2004, Ilitch beat Wood such that she had to seek medical attention. Following the last beating the incident apparently spilled out onto the driveway of the Ilitch home, and on 8.02.04 Troy police were called to the scene.

When police arrived, they were told Ron Ilitch was nowhere to be found. However, a subsequent Troy PD Report documents that Captain Dane Slater had agreed to allow Ilitch attorney Harold Fried to bring his client to PD offices for questioning the next day rather than face any possibly embarassing circumstances at the crime scene. Police never entered the Ilitch home, where the beating had taken place, to look for Ilitch.

So Fried it appears, as promised, produced Ilitch at 10:00 a.m. the next morning. But when Fried and Ilitch arrived at the Police Department, Fried sought a private audience with three of the officers. He explained that Ilitch was "not in any physical condition that would allow him to relay facts of the incident accurately." Instead, Fried informed the officers he would produce a written statement from Ilitch by 11:00 a.m. the next day.

Ilitch would eventually be arraigned on 8.11.04 and then later plea "No Contest" to two counts of Assault related Domestic Violence. (Troy Police Dept. Press Release: Ilitch Warrants Issued)

An 8.04.04 Oakland Press story on the incident also noted:

"Ronald Ilitch has a checkered criminal history that includes drunken driving and drug charges. He was arrested in Wyandotte in 2002 after a fight, and his
1992 Cadillac was impounded as a drug forfeiture. Police at the time said Ilitch had three drunken driving convictions and two bouts with a suspended license on his record."

"Local 4 learned that a domestic violence claim was filed against Ilitch last month in Aurora, Colo., where he apparently owns property."
In December 2008, Lisa Wood filed a contracts related lawsuit in Wayne County Court (MI), involving allegations of Conspiracy subsequent to the August 2004 beating and visit by police to the Ilitch home.

Wood says executed contract agreements between herself and Ilitch affiliates were among her personal belongings in the Ilitch home. Wood's complaint alleges that Ilitch and/or Ilitch agents refused to allow authorities to enter the home during the three days following the beating during which time they worked to destroy crime scene evidence and destroy any evidence, to the point of deniability, that her executed contract agreements ever existed. (Lisa Wood v. Little Caesar, Ilitch et al).

In an amended version of the complaint, Wood alleges that Jimmy Shemami, son of confessed Iraqi spy Najib Shemami, was part of the Ilitch family's personal security detail at the time and alleges that Shemami may have been involved in the conspiracy to cover up the crime scene and dispose of Wood's personal papers.

Did Ron Ilitch receive special treatment in this matter? Were Ilitch and/or Ilitch agents allowed to clean up the crime scene and destroy evidence? What role did Shemami's son play?

Why did officers leave the Ilitch home without questioning or locating Ilitch -- especially given his track record?

Why did officers agree to let Fried bring Iitch into the Police Deparment the following day rather than interview and examine Ilitch when they were called to his home?

Was Ilitch sober/clean when he arrived at the Police Department the following day?

When the local NBC affiliate reported domestic violence charges had also been filed against Ilitch the previous month in Colorado, why didn't Police and Prosecutors take appropriate action?

Do you think Harold Fried got special treatment for Ron Ilitch?

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