Sterling Trial Begins; Donald Not PresentPosted: July 8, 2014
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — For ABC7 Robert Holguin reports: After a morning delay, the trial that could make or break the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers got underway on Monday. But, Donald Sterling was nowhere to be found.The legal battle between Donald Sterling and his estranged wife, Shelly, was caught in a “procedural limbo” during the morning session, after his attorneys filed a motion to shift the case to federal court.
But a federal judge ruled the case did not belong in federal court and sent it back to probate court.
When the trial finally started late in the afternoon, attorneys wanted to hear first from Donald Sterling, who was not there.
“We’re very anxious to get Mr. Sterling here to face the music,” said Bert Fields, attorney for Shelly Sterling. “I mean, he’s the guy that keeps delaying, keeps doing anything he can to keep his family from getting the $2 billion they’re entitled to. Why? Just because of his ego.”
So, they moved on to a neurologist who says Donald has Alzheimer’s disease, and has possibly had it for three to five years.
Shelly Sterling did not return for the afternoon session.
At issue is whether or not Shelly Sterling acted appropriately when she took control of the family trust that controls the Clippers. Her attorneys want the court to sign off on the steps she took to have Donald Sterling removed from the trust. That includes medical examinations from two different doctors who say Donald suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s…(read more) abc7.com
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