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June 24, 2008 12:24 PM

Sonics file motion to prevent Ceis from testifying

Posted by Percy Allen

In a motion filed earlier today, Sonics attorneys "seek an order to preclude the city from eliciting testimony from Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis that the city did not know that its attorneys, K&L Gates, were working with potential buyers to implement a the "Poison Well" strategy."

The team argues the city repeatedly told Ceis not to answer questions about his discussion with K&L Gates attorney and consultant Wally Walker asserting attorney-client privilege. The Sonic say the city should not be allowed to "ambush the PBC (Professional Basketball Club) on the last day of the trial."

The city planned to call Ceis as a rebuttal witness on Thursday to set the record straight on the relationship between city and K&L Gates attorney Slade Gorton who worked with a potential ownership group plotting to force chairman Clay Bennett to sell the team.

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