Originally created 01/24/02

Twins, baseball appeal ruling



ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Twins and major league baseball asked the Minnesota Supreme Court for a speedy review of their latest legal setback.

A day after the Court of Appeals unanimously upheld an injunction that forces the Twins to honor their lease at the Metrodome this year, the team and baseball filed papers Wednesday with the Supreme Court requesting permission for an expedited appeal.

"The Court of Appeals decision is an unprecedented intrusion into a private business's right to cease operations," wrote Roger Magnuson, a lawyer for the Twins and baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

The unanimous ruling by the appellate court upheld a Nov. 16 decision by a district judge.

Baseball owners voted Nov. 6 to eliminate two teams before this season. Baseball hasn't selected the teams, but the Twins and Montreal Expos are prime targets because of their low revenue and inability to secure government funding for new ballparks.