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Reese picks Carruthers & Roth to represent him in Knights case

Jerry Reese, who has failed repeatedly to block the Charlotte Knights from relocating to Uptown, said Monday that he has hired a Greensboro law firm to represent him in his latest lawsuit to stop the team from moving.

The firm, Carruthers & Roth, will represent Reese in his three pending lawsuits, he said.

Carruthers & Roth could not be reached for comment.

Reese, for roughly 12 years, has led an unsuccessful fight to prevent the Triple-A baseball team from relocating from Fort Mill, S.C. Last month, he suffered another setback when the City Council gave roughly $8 million to fund construction of a 3rd Ward stadium for the team.

Reese, who has called for the city to strive for a major league team, said he’s decided to stop representing himself in his Knights lawsuits, of which there have been eight.

“I sought out a firm which would represent my interests on a level comparable to that of the firms retained by the defendants,” he said. “I am confident that I have selected the best firm in North Carolina to stand on my behalf in all trial and appellate courts in which these cases are heard.”

Construction of the stadium is set to begin in October, and it is expected to open in April of 2014.

Calls to Ron Kimble, deputy city manager, were not returned.

Reese declined to comment further on his lawsuits.

Guion can be reached at payton.guion@mecktimes.com.

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