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June 26, 2008 2:33 PM

Sonics lawyer says "Poisoned Well" plan made him feel ashamed

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Brad Keller, lead attorney for the Sonics, began his closing argument talking about the complexities of contract law and how it applies to a lease. He disputed the characterization of the Washington Supreme Court case by the city's attorney, Paul Lawrence, in his closing. Keller said that was a one-shot real-estate deal and this is a lease case.

Keller then turned his attention to the so-called "Poisoned Well" plan, and said it showed a level of scheming that embarrassed him.

"This is my town, too," Keller said. "But I felt shamed by those among us who live in power and privilege and have not learned that the end does not justify the means."

Keller's also pointed out that two days after the "Poisoned Well" Power Point presentation was made at the home of former Sonics President Wally Walker, that Walker's calendar indicated he had a meeting at K&L Gates that included former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis.

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