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June 4, 2008 10:11 PM

Witness list revealed in Sonics trial

Posted by Percy Allen

In a late filing Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Marsh Pechman unveiled the potential witness list for city of Seattle and the Sonics owners.

The list includes Mayor Greg Nickels and Sonics chairman Clay Bennett. Sonics co-owner Aubrey McClendon and NBA president Joel Litvin will testify through a deposition.

Other prominent witnesses include: city councilman Nick Licata, former Sonic James Donaldson and former Sonics president Wally Walker.

The Sonics owners have argued against KJR talkshow Mitch Levy and Stranger writer Sherman Alexie as witnesses and Pechman is scheduled to rule on Friday.

Here's a complete list of the potential witnesses.

For the plaintiff (the city of Seattle): sports economist Andrew Zimbalist, Todd Menenberg (expert), Lon Hatamiya (expert), former Seattle Center Director Virginia Anderson, former Boeing executive Bob Watt, KeyArena manager Jyo Singh, Sonics chairman Clayton Bennett, Sonics interim president and CEO Danny Barth, former Sonic James Donaldson, former Sonics employee Matthew Wade, The Stranger writer Sherman Alexie, KJR talkshow host Mitch Levy, Mayor Greg Nickels, city councilman Nick Licata, Sonics co-owner Aubrey McClendon, Oklahoma City city manager James Couch, Bennett spokesman Brent Gooden, NBA president Joel Litvin, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce president Roy Williams.

For the defendant (the Sonics): Barth; Deborah Jay (expert), sports facilities advisor Mitchell Ziets, Associate Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Brad Humphreys, Bennett, McClendon, Couch, former Sonics president Wally Walker and developer Matt Griffin.

These witnesses may also testify for the defendant: Seattle deputy mayor Tim Ceis, Seattle city councilman Richard Conlin, Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams, Mayor Nickels, former Sonics executive Terry McLaughlin, former Bennett spokesman James Kneeland, K&L Gates lawyer Gerry Johnson, attorney Slade Gorton, city employee Bill Alves, an employee from the architectual firm HOK Sports and an employee from real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.

Pechman also established a pre-trial order of evidence. The city has submitted roughly 320 pieces of evidence/exhibits while the Sonics owners have a little over 100.

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