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Sonics Want to Bar Deputy Mayor's Testimony

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SEATTLE (AP) - Attorneys for the SuperSonics have filed a motion asking a federal judge to prohibit Seattle Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis (sees) from testifying in the city's lawsuit against the team.
Seattle lawyers plan on calling Ceis to testify Thursday that city officials were not aware of a "poisoned well" strategy to financially drain team owner Clay Bennett's Professional Basketball
Club. The strategy included former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, who was hired by the city to lead efforts to keep the team.
The Sonics argue that since the city kept Ceis from answering pretrial questions about his discussions with Gorton's law firm, the testimony should not be allowed on the last day of the trial.
The trial will determine whether the Sonics have to play two more seasons in Key Arena or whether they can buy out the lease and move to Oklahoma City.
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