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Orville Moe shows up in court to give deposition

Orville Moe, the longtime owner of Spokane Raceway Park, appeared in Spokane County Superior Court today to give a deposition long sought by attorneys representing former investors in the track.

Moe had been charged with contempt of court for disobeying court orders in the case and had been considered a fugitive.

Superior Court Judge Annette Plese agreed to lift the arrest warrant against Moe if he appeared in court today.

Attorneys for Washington Motor Sports Partnership have for years sought to depose Moe about business transactions involving the track, which was taken over by a court-appointed receiver in 2005. The partnership sued Moe in 2003, claiming he didn’t equally share proceeds from the business.

Plese closed the courtroom for Moe’s deposition after attorneys for Washington Motor Sports argued that a recent state Supreme Court decision supported such a move. That decision held that depositions before a judge in a courtroom can be deemed private.

Plese ordered everyone not associated with the case out of the courtroom.

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