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No immediate ruling in Benson competency case

10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago January 21, 2016 Jan 21, 2016 Thursday, January 21 2016 January 21, 2016 2:57 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS - A lawyer says it will likely be about a month before a Louisiana appeals court rules on the mental competency of Tom Benson, the owner of the NFL's Saints and the NBA's Pelicans.

A three-judge panel of the state 4th Circuit Court of Appeal heard closed-door arguments Thursday. Benson attended, according to his lawyer, but avoided public view.

A judge in New Orleans last year found Benson competent to run his nearly $2 billion business empire. He rejected arguments by Benson's daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, Rita LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc.

Their lawyer said the panel indicated Thursday that it would rule in about a month.

The dispute arose after the 88-year-old Benson's decision to oust his daughter and her two children from ownership positions with the sports franchises.

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