Sonics Trial Blog
Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen, Jim Brunner and Danny O'Neil are filing updates from the courthouse throughout the day.
June 26, 2008 12:41 PM
Posted by Danny O'Neil
Judge Marsha Pechman's inquiry shifted to the sentimental importance of the franchise, and she asked the city's lead lawyer Paul Lawrence to explain whether that was a valid issue, given that the city is essentially a corporation. The term she used was "corporate tears," and that this was essentially a contract issue between a corporation (the city) and a business (the team).
Lawrence said the sentimental feelings of constituents represents a foundation for public policy argued in the Washington Supreme Court case from 1996 involving the baseball stadium. The court recognized that Safeco Field was a valid use of public funds because it did bring benefits to the city, and that the use of those public funds is at the discretion of the city leaders.
After a lunch break, Lawrence will continue his closing argument at 1:30 p.m.
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