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June 23, 2014 Updates

Ramona Shelburne: Samini said the lawyers also discussed in court today whether Steve Ballmer has a right to be present during Sterling's probate trial. Donald Sterlings lawyer Bobby Samini told ESPN he's hoping trial will be pushed to late July/early August to accommodate their expert Dr Twitter @ramonashelburne

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is expected to plead guilty to a felony in his gun possession case in exchange for a no-jail sentence, prosecutors said Monday. Felton was in court as the Manhattan district attorney's office outlined the agreement, which would resolve a gun case that arose amid the breakup of his marriage. He's expected to admit June 30 to at least one charge, attempted criminal possession of a weapon — he won't have to come to court to do so — and get a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. "I want to thank the DA for being fair to me in this whole situation," Felton said outside court, also thanking his family, friends and fans "for supporting me and understanding who, the person, I am." Boston Herald

Mike Mazzeo: Felton will avoid jail time #nyk. Under an agreement reached today Felton will have to plead guilty to a felony, serve community service and pay a fine #nyk Twitter @MazzESPN

June 21, 2014 Updates

A federal judge in Chicago withdrew from a civil case involving Michael Jordan after lawyers for the former Chicago Bulls star accused the jurist of comparing Jordan to a "hog" and "Dr. Frankenstein," though the judge denies the descriptions were aimed directly at the former NBA player. The legal fracas arose in a 4-year-old civil case in which Jordan star sued Dominick's Finer Foods LLC after the grocery store chain invoked his name and persona without permission in a 2009 Sports Illustrated advertisement. Charlotte Observer

June 19, 2014 Updates

Shelly Sterling will seek a court order of protection for her, her lawyer and witnesses such as the doctors who evaluated Donald Sterling from harassment by her estranged husband and his lawyers, sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Shelly Sterling and her attorneys will appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday morning, sources said, to present evidence that Donald Sterling and his lawyers have threatened, intimidated and harassed witnesses who will be called in the probate court hearing July 7-10. ESPN.com

That hearing was scheduled after an emergency petition to the court last week by Shelly Sterling to evaluate the actions she took to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for a record $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling has argued for an expeditious court ruling on her authority to sell the Clippers because the sale needs to close no later than Sept. 15 or the NBA will resume termination proceedings against Donald Sterling for racist remarks he made to former assistant V. Stiviano, which were published by TMZ. ESPN.com

Shelly Sterling's attorneys will ask a judge Thursday to order Donald Sterling and his attorneys to not threaten, harass or intimidate his wife's legal team and doctors who determined the Los Angeles Clippers' co-owner was mentally incapacitated. A person with knowledge of the legal proceedings told The Associated Press that the urgent request seeks protections for witnesses including three doctors who may be witnesses in next month's scheduled trial to determine if Shelly Sterling can sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. USA Today Sports

June 18, 2014 Updates

Ramona Shelburne: Shelly Sterling will petition a court Thurs to keep Donald & his team from intimidating/harassing witnesses (the doctors who evaluated him). Will be interesting to see what evidence Shelly presents. There wasn't a hearing scheduled until the 23rd, so this is a new development. Twitter @ramonashelburne

The ex-wife of NBA basketball star Dwyane Wade filed a federal lawsuit this week against her former husband’s attorney and Dolton, Ill., police, alleging they filed false charges against her and assaulted her. Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, who in 2011 lost custody of her and Wade’s two boys, says in the lawsuit filed Monday that Wade’s attorney James Pritikin and Dolton police were among the conspirators who “worked together in a common plan to cause false charges to be initiated against” Funches-Wade. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

June 14, 2014 Updates

Police are asking for your help in solving the murder of an aspiring professional basketball player, the brother of NBA forward Dominic McGuire. Jamel McGuire, 27, was gunned down Thursday morning inside a Chula Vista apartment. Desiree McGuire was watching the morning news Thursday when she heard a description of a murder victim at the Beacon Cove Apartments in Chula Vista that sounded eerily similar to that of her youngest son. “I said this cannot possibly by my child, please Lord no,” said Desiree McGuire fighting back tears. SanDiego6.com

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Police say Jamel McGuire was playing video games on the couch, his two friends playing cards at a table nearby when the shooting suspect stormed through the front door firing some 5 to 6 shots. The two male friends scrambled for their lives, running to the back bedroom and jumped out a window to try to get help. Neighbors say they heard gunshots ring out at 12:20 Thursday morning. “My husband heard gunshots,” said neighbor Salina Robertson. “My kids were laying on the floor. We were concerned shots would come upstairs.” “I’m just in shock. I saw them bring the body out. I cried,” said neighbor Michelle Hernandez. SanDiego6.com

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June 13, 2014 Updates

Donald Sterling's legal team scored a victory this week, but it is unlikely that it will stop the eventual sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas ruled that Sterling is entitled to a hearing to determine his mental competence. Sterling's mental competence has become a crucial legal issue in the Clippers sale. When Sterling's wife and co-owner, Shelly Sterling, reached an agreement to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, she did so on the belief that she was the sole trustee of the family trust. Shelly Sterling made this determination based on language in the trust agreement indicating that she would become the sole trustee if her husband was mentally incompetent. Shelly Sterling allegedly possesses medical reports establishing that her husband was mentally incompetent. Donald Sterling, through his legal team, categorically disagrees with Shelly Sterling's conclusion and insists that his mind is fine. If Donald Sterling's attorneys are correct, then Shelly Sterling never had the legal authority to represent the trust and thus her deal with Ballmer would become void. SI.com

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, a person familiar with Sterling's legal strategy told the Associated Press. Investigators were given a six-figure budget over the next 30 days to examine the league's finances, allegations of previous discriminatory conduct and compensation to past Commissioner David Stern and current Commissioner Adam Silver, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity. The person wasn't authorized to talk publicly. USA Today Sports

The person said the investigators also are looking into whether other owners made any off-color jokes, or racist or sexist remarks. "The gloves are off, as they say," the person said. "Have them dig up all the dirt they can find." USA Today Sports

The legal system-abusing prankster who filed an insane lawsuit against Johnny Manziel has apparently struck again -- and this time, his target is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. TMZ Sports has learned ... Cuban was sued in District Court in Northern Texas by someone claiming to be Lisa Lazzari ... the sister of former "Shark Tank" entrepreneur Lani Lazzari (owner of Simple Sugars body care company). In the suit, the plaintiff demands $15 MILLION and makes bogus and comically outrageous claims against Cuban. TMZ.com

June 11, 2014 Updates

A former intern for the Los Angeles Clippers is accusing the team and its owners, the Sterling Family Trust, of violating labor laws by not paying its interns. In a federal class action lawsuit filed Tuesday, former intern Frank Cooper says he was never paid although he worked 40 to 50 hours per week. For two months in 2012, Cooper worked in the NBA team's fan relations department, where he made calls to season-ticket holders and helped organize basketball clinics. USA Today Sports

Chicago Bulls forward Ronnie Brewer has plead NOT GUILTY to DUI charges in L.A. stemming from a February arrest ... TMZ Sports has learned. The 29-year-old was popped in Beverly Hills on February 19th ... and cops say his blood alcohol level was .15 -- nearly TWICE the legal limit. TMZ.com

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