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LOS ANGELES – The judge presiding over the Sterling vs. Sterling probate trial said he will announce his ruling today in what could help clear way for the pending sale of the Los Angeles Clippers or place another hurdle in front of the $2 billion deal.

Lawyers representing Donald Sterling and his estranged wife, Shelly, spent the morning presenting their closing arguments in the weeks-long case. The attorneys will finish presenting their arguments this afternoon in the probate division of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Shelly Sterlng's attorneys had asked the judge, Michael Levanas, for an expedited decision and to render it non-appealable.

The points at issue: whether Shelly Sterling followed provisions of the Sterling Family Trust in having her husband examined by two doctors who concluded he lacked the mental capacity to continue to serve as cotrustee; whether Shelly Sterling was within her authority when she agreed to sell the Clippers in May even though Donald Sterling later revoked the trust; and whether the matter is urgent enough to require immediate action.

In closing statements, Donald Sterling's attorneys again argued that Shelly violated her fiduciary duty by failing to inform her husband of actions she was taking to cause his removal of trustee. They asserted that her legal responsibilities go beyond the rules spelled out in the trust.

"The petitioner's hands are not unclean, they're filthy...Damn the trust agreement," attorney Max Blecher said. "She was his wife, she was his co-trustee and she had an obligation...to be completely candid with him.''

Shelly Sterling's attorneys reiterated that she abided by the trust and, in fact, was protecting Donald Sterling from himself and actions they characterized as harmful.

"Donald Sterling was properly removed and this scheme that Mr. Blecher talks about, that he concocts, when looked at objectively, the facts show Shelly Sterling scrupulously followed the (contract) that Donald Sterling agreed to," attorney Pierce O'Donnell said.

The trial has featured a number of animated moments, including Donald Sterling, during one break in the proceedings, being admonished by the judge after Donald was overheard telling his wife she was a pig.

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