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LeBron or not, the Cleveland Cavaliers get millions for arena renovation—The New York Times

… Pattakos quickly filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court, arguing that the council had no choice but to accept legal petitions.

Cleveland’s powers-that-are waxed furious. To talk of a referendum, the Cavaliers’ lawyers argued in a brief, is “nonsensical. It is a done deal.” Opponents were demonstrating their “lack of understanding of this complex web of agreements.”

A who’s who of wealthy worthies supported the Cavaliers, their legal briefs brimming with harrumphs.

The Ohio Supreme Court rejected these arguments and ordered the council clerk to accept the petitions on the novel legal principle that the law is the law. …

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