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 9:41 AM
Posted by Percy Allen
Judge Marsha Pechman calls the trial to order at 9 a.m. and Paul Lawrence, the lead attorney for the city of Seattle, began with his opening argument.
Lawrence spoke for 20 minutes, highlighting the benefits the team received from the $84 million KeyArena renovation in 1994 that was financed by taxpayers. He said Clay Bennett and his co-owners are "smart businessmen" who knew about the lease and knew the team was losing money before they bought the team.
Lawrence said the team has brought undue hardship upon itself and stressed the importance of forcing the team to honor its lease.
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