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Shelly Sterling's attorneys say family trust rules not medical experts matter in fight over Clippers

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The battle over the Clippers will be settled in a probate court hearing starting July 7.

Attorneys for Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling filed paperwork Wednesday saying that her husband Donald Sterling shouldn't be allowed to have his own medical experts testify concerning his mental faculties, USA Today's Brent Schrotenboer reports.

That issue and others will be resolved starting July 7 in a four-day hearing to determine if Shelly Sterling had the right to broker a $2 billion deal to sell the team to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer. 

"A battle of medical experts is not relevant to prove or disprove that Donald was incapacitated as of May 29, 2014," said the documents filed by Pierce O'Donnell, Shelly Sterling's attorney. "Such evidence would be relevant only if a court determination of (mental) incapacity was required, which it is not."

A family trust owns the Clippers and according to the terms of the trust, trustees can be removed if found to be mentally incapacitated by two doctors.

Donald Sterling has tried to block the sale of the team, after he was banned by the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million for making racial comments on an audio recording that was later released publicly.

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Sterling is suing the NBA for $1 billion saying that the league violated his constitutional rights, committed a breach of contract, and violated antitrust laws by trying to strip the Clippers’ ownership from him and force the sell of the team.

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