LOS ANGELES -- An appeals court has rejected Donald Sterling's petition to halt the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer.
"The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers ... has closed," the ruling from the state 2nd Court of Appeal said Wednesday. "Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay."
The appeals court also turned down Sterling's request to overturn a lower court's ruling that cleared the path for the sale to Ballmer.
"Even if the sale had not closed," the ruling said, "petitioner has failed to show that the balancing of the relative harm favors granting a temporary stay."
Sterling's petition claimed the sale occurred as the result of a "lone judge applying two novel legal interpretations."
"If the rule of law can be flouted in this way for someone like Donald Sterling, who is unpopular but powerful, who is next?" the petition said.
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