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Frank McCourt testimony resumes on postnup

August 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
After a 30-year marriage, Jamie McCourt arrived to court Wednesday to witness her attorneys publicly grill her estranged husband, Frank. McCourt arrived with a brisk walk to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse.

"It's going to be the same as yesterday," he said. "I'm just going to get up there and tell the truth."

The truth, he testified, is that he doesn't know or doesn't remember discussions about a change to an exhibit that is the central document of the couple's divorce case, the martial property agreement.

McCourt and Jamie McCourt are locked in a contentious divorce dispute that could decide who owns the Los Angeles Dodgers. Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon will have to decide whether the postnuptial agreement is valid.

McCourt contends the 10-page document gives him sole possession of the team, the stadium and the surrounding property.

Jamie McCourt believes the agreement should be thrown out and those assets should be split evenly under California's community property law.

"Jamie was never told that that there was a change from excluding the Dodgers from Frank's separate property to including them," said Jamie McCourt's attorney, Dennis Wasser.

Jamie McCourt's attorneys said ownership of the Dodgers is pinned on a single word that was wrongfully revised. They said the Dodgers were first excluded as his personal property, making the team shared property.

But Frank McCourt's lawyers said that was a drafting error later corrected. On later copies of the same document, his wife is shut out.

When asked if he got a copy of the revised version McCourt said, "I don't know."

On a follow-up question, he was asked if he was felt if it was necessary to read the document word by word, he answered, "No."

McCourt testified that he trusted his attorney. His wife has said she never read the document either.

Her attorneys said there was an understanding that the Dodgers were shared property, which would explain why she would agree to a lopsided split of property.

Her wealth: $70 million dollars. His: $360 million.

Yet attorneys for Frank McCourt said other parts of the document that they will later highlight are more significant, nothing that the property disclosed on the exhibit is "for courtesy only."

As for what Jamie McCourt is entitled to, according to her husband's legal team, she would hold on to her real estate, while Frank McCourt would continue to own all his assets, even if there was a significant disparity between the value of what they each own.

The Dodgers are now valued at nearly $1 billion.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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