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Donald Sterling appeals ruling that OK'd Clippers sale

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LOS ANGELES - Deposed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling asked an appellate court on
Friday to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Lawyers for Sterling asked the Second District Court of Appeals to stay a probate judge's ruling that
cleared the way for the sale. They said the judge prematurely finalized his ruling so the sale can be
completed without a chance to appeal.
Sterling's lawyers said in their request for a writ of mandate that if the sale goes through, "Donald
will have lost a unique and irretrievable asset: a 'trophy asset' coveted by high net worth individuals
around the world - one of thirty NBA franchises in the country, and one that under Donald's thirtyyear ownership has recently become one of the most successful."
The main complaint of the appellants is the judge's decision to allow the sale to go forward with no
time for an appeal. He used a section of law that bars a stay of his decision.
Given that provision, it was unclear if the appeal would have any effect. The sale could conceivably
go forward while the appeal makes its way through the courts.
Adam Streisand, the attorney for Ballmer, said in a statement: "We won this trial because Donald
Sterling is on an egotistical crusade to destroy the Clippers if he can't keep the team, and he can't.
We will win the appeal for the very same reason."
A spokesman for the attorneys representing Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, issued a
statement similarly attacking Donald Sterling's motives.
"Donald's petition for writ of mandate is another desperate act by a desperate man," the statement
said. "The decision by Judge Michael Levanas - after three weeks of trial - is a correct decision on
the law and the undisputed evidence. Donald will do anything to kill the record-shattering $2B sale
of the Clippers. His petition is frivolous."
The appellate lawyers who filed the writ petition late Friday afternoon acknowledged that Donald
Sterling has a public image problem.
"Admittedly, in light of recent events, Donald Sterling does not cut a sympathetic figure," his
appellate lawyers wrote. "But the issues raised by the trial court's decision here impact more than
just him, and involve core issues of probate law and the right to appellate review."
Shelly Sterling negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for
making offensive remarks about blacks.
"The nature of the trial court's order all but guarantees that this court will never review this matter
by appeal," the lawyers said. "lf the sale of the Clippers is not stayed, the team is likely to be sold
before any appeal could be brought or decided, rendering Donald's appeal rights hollow. This is a

textbook example of irreparable harm, and cries out for writ relief."
The writ filed by the Donald Sterling legal team demanded an immediate stay of the judge's ruling. It
said that in the absence of a stay, the sale could go forward immediately. It noted that the NBA plans
to meet on Aug. 15 to approve the sale.

Addressing the ruling by Superior Court Judge Michael
Levanas, the document said his action "was
unreasonable, arbitrary, a prejudicial abuse of
discretion, and manifestly against the law."
The 39-page filing challenged the opinions of two
doctors who examined Donald Sterling and who said he
had the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease, rendering
him incompetent to handle his own business affairs.
The filing said the examinations were "insufficient to support a determination of incapacity" and said
Shelly Sterling improperly removed her estranged husband as a trustee of the Sterling family trust.
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