Shelly Sterling could be called back to the stand next week. There’s a chance her husband, Donald, could as well. The testimony of the two Sterlings seized headlines last week as their probate trial to determine control of the Los Angeles Clippers started July 7 and ran through its first four days. It will resume Monday at 9 a.m. Both were listed on Donald Sterling’s updated witness list, filed Thursday and discussed in a procedural hearing Friday. Contending that his wife did not have the authority to sell the NBA franchise he has owned since 1981, Donald’s combative testimony last week veered from his vow to sue the NBA until he dies to accusations that a doctor who found him mentally incapacitated was drunk during the exam. He also called his wife a “pig” from a seat in the courtroom. When Shelly Sterling took her turn on the stand, she filled the role of dutiful wife as she detailed how she negotiated the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer — and added that Donald had been aware of the entire process. Judge Michael Levanas ruled that Shelly Sterling’s attorneys, Pierce O’Donnell and Laura Zwicker, will not be called to the stand, saying it was “highly disfavored” for opposing counsel to testify except in extreme cases and that he was unswayed by arguments from Donald Sterling’s attorneys. Talking by speakerphone on Friday, Donald Sterling attorney Gary Ruttenberg said the trial had been “railroaded on a bullet train” and that he needed to put Shelly’s attorneys on the stand to make his case about a “Secret Plan B” to defraud his client.
Shelly, Donald Sterling on witness list when trial resumes Monday
L.A. Daily News | Jul 20