Sonics Trial Blog
Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen, Jim Brunner and Danny O'Neil are filing updates from the courthouse throughout the day.
June 18, 2008 4:11 PM
Posted by Percy Allen
Economist Lon Hatamiya took the witness stand with just six minutes remaining before the trial was scheduled to end Wednesday.
Seattle attorney Jeffrey Johnson had just enough time to examine Hatamiya's background and resume. Hatamiya earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and a master's in business administration from UCLA.
Using an input/output model, Hatamiya said: "The Sonics make a very positive contribution to the local economy."
At 4:01 p.m., Judge Marsha Pechman excused Hatamiya and asked both attorneys about Thursday's witnesses.
Seattle attorney Paul Lawrence said he's calling author Sherman Alexie in the morning and former Sonics employee Matthew Wade. Lawrence will likely close his case after Wade's testimony.
Sonics attorney Brad Keller said the plaintiffs will call Brad Humphries, Deborah Jay, possibly an employee from MZ Sports, Seattle developer Matt Griffin, former Sonics president Wally Walker and city councilmember Nick Licata.
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