At times Jesus B. Ochoa, who was representing Salazar, said he believed the city could have put forth one of the petitions he signed. Ochoa had made similar claims during a November federal court trial that failed. No proof has been offered, however, Ochoa points to the fact that the print was small and hard to read. He said he signed the document himself because it read "Save City Hall" in large print, but admitted in court that it's wording may not accomplish that feat.
David v. Goliath
A trend continued in Austin. The city continues to lawyer up.
Gordon referred to the city "rallying the troops" whenever another lawsuit is filed. Inside the courtroom it seemed the opponents of the city were out-manned.
The city employed three high-powered lawyers, not including a fourth lawyer representing Mountain Star Sports who was in the courtroom as an "intervenor" in the case. They also have the deputy city attorney and the city's bond council, among others, who were in the courtroom at all times.
Meanwhile, Starr and Gomez represent themselves. Gomez admitted that as a lay person it was a challenge during his closing statement, "We tried to make good faith efforts to express what we wanted."
Ochoa represented Salazar. However, he hadn't practiced law since 1987 when he suffered a heart attack. Paul Moreno, a former politician and lawyer, was also in the courtroom at times but had to leave and has previously cited health conditions for his reason for not being a larger part of the opposition.
The combination left the opposition representing themselves, and at times it seemed to effect them. In actuality, the city only lost out on one of the judgments they sought and it wasn't due to evidence put forth by Starr, Gomez and Ochoa but the judge's preference not to rule on the petitions.