The trial deciding the fate of the Los Angeles Clippers has been delayed today, as Donald Sterling's lawyers push to move the case into a federal court. The trial comes after Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling's estranged wife, sold the team to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion, and Donald sued to block it.
Shelly Sterling was able to sell the team when doctors found her husband "mentally incapacitated," meaning he could be removed from the Sterling Family Trust in which the Clippers were held, and the team was sold without his explicit approval. Initially, Sterling seemed on board with the sale of the team, but had a change of heart soon after.
The sale was taken to court, as Donald Sterling's legal team argues the release of his medical records (which Shelly Sterling provided in her petition to approve the sale of the Clippers when he was removed from the trust) is a violation of federal law.
The case was set to start this morning, however, the lawyers set about finding a federal judge, and instead, decided to postpone the case till this afternoon. Even if the judge approves the sale of the team outside of any medical record issues, the Clippers still might not be sold with great ease. Donald Sterling's lawyers have a second plan of attack to use in court. They have a June 9 letter revoking the Sterling Family Trust, which the judge would have to overrule to allow the Clippers to be sold — and might do so, as the sale was signed on May 29th.