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Judge rejects Shelly Sterling’s request for injunction

Judge rejects Shelly Sterling’s request for injunction

CLIPPERS CONTROVERSY:In May, two physicians deemed that Donald Sterling, 80, was suffering from early Alzheimer's disease, which triggered a clause in the Sterling Family Trust that handed sole control of the Clippers to Shelly Sterling, seen here during the 2014 NBA playoffs with her attorney, if her husband was mentally unfit to handle the business. Photo: Associated Press

By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday rejected Shelly Sterling’s request for an injunction against her estranged husband, Donald Sterling, and his lawyers

The legal maneuver was the latest twist in a battle for control of the National Basketball Association franchise since Donald Sterling was banned for life from the league in April after private racist remarks he made were taped and leaked publicly.

Shelly Sterling has asked a probate court to confirm her as the controlling owner of the team after Donald Sterling promised to block the franchise’s sale to former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer for an NBA record $2 billion.

Shelly Sterling had sought the order to protect potential witnesses, such as physicians who would give testimony that Donald Sterling is not mentally fit enough to run the NBA team, as well as Shelly Sterling and her legal team at the July 7-10 trial.

In May, two physicians deemed that Donald Sterling, 80, was suffering from early Alzheimer’s disease, which triggered a clause in the Sterling Family Trust that handed sole control of the Clippers to Shelly Sterling if her husband was mentally unfit to handle the business.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey in Los Angeles; Writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Eric Beech)

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