A Three-Judge Panel of the Arizona Appeals Court has Issued a Stay in the Chinese Cultural Center Case. The Ruling Prevents a Planned Removal of the Iconic Chinese Roof and Exterior Chinese Elements by Investment Banker David Tedesco and His Company 668 North While the Appeals Court Considers Arguments by Lawyers for The Szechwan Palace Restaurant to Overturn an Earlier Lower Court Order.
For Immediate Release
Simon Public Relations
December 27, 2018–Phoenix, AZ: In a post-Christmas gift to the Phoenix Asian-American Community, the Arizona Appeals Court has stayed two lower court orders by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner. Left unchecked, the rulings would have allowed Investment Banker David Tedesco to move ahead with the removal of the roof and exterior Chinese elements of the Chinese Cultural Center as early as Wednesday, January 3, 2018. This Order by the Court of Appeals halts any destruction of the property for the Immediate future.
“We argued that the Judge in the case has misinterpreted the law and by its ruling has deprived the Appeals Court of its oversight role in the court system,” said Szechwan Palace Restaurant Attorney Jack Wilenchik. “For the moment, the Court Order prevents 668 North from destroying the exterior of the Center. It’s a big win for those who care about history and culture,” Wilenchik added.
The Arizona Court of Appeals has Ordered David Tedesco and 668 North to file a reply to the motion to stay by January 9, 2018. Meanwhile, the Appeals Court Panel stayed Superior Court Judge Randall Warner’s December 1, 2017 and December 20, 2017 rulings, which otherwise would have cleared the way for the destruction of the Chinese Cultural Center.
“This is a big fat Christmas and New Year’s gift to all members of the Asian-American community,” said Thomas Simon, Spokesman for the Szechwan Palace Restaurant. “Enjoy the New Year,” added Simon, “The fight to Save the Chinese Cultural Center goes on,” he said.
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