Sonics Trial Blog
Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen, Jim Brunner and Danny O'Neil are filing updates from the courthouse throughout the day.
June 16, 2008 9:23 AM
Posted by Percy Allen
Sonics co-owner and chairman Clay Bennett arrived at the federal courthouse shortly after 8 a.m. with his team of attorneys in tow. Bennett hurried up a ramp on the side of the building and rushed in the front entrance attempting to avoid the small gathering of Sonics-clad fans gathered on the courthouse steps.
The fans greeted Bennett with insults, yelling "liar" and "thief." Bennett did not acknowledge them and neither did his lead attorney Brad Keller or spokesman Dan Mahoney.
Mayor Greg Nickels, who will be the first witness to testify, arrived at the building around 8:30 a.m. He will address the media after his testimony. Lawyers representing the city will speak each day at 4 p.m.
Judge Marsha Pechman overestimated public interest in the trial. She allocated 44 seats and established a lottery in which anyone wanting to attend the trial needed to sign up between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. for a court pass.
Only 15 passes were distributed.
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