Silverstein spends third day on stand
Jamie McCourt has testified that she would never have signed away her right to a share in the Dodgers, but on Thursday a Boston lawyer flatly denied she ever told him that.
“She never indicated that she wanted ownership interest in the Dodgers or that she was willing to take on the risk” financially, said Larry Silverstein, who drew up the 2004 marital property agreement that makes the Dodgers Frank McCourt’s sole property and the couple’s many homes Jamie’s.
On Silverstein’s third day on the stand in the McCourts’ divorce trial, he insisted that he followed the wishes of Jamie McCourt, whom he called “the driving force” behind the property agreement.
Victoria Cook, one of Frank’s attorneys, asked Silverstein if Jamie specifically instructed him to exclude the Dodgers from the list of Frank’s separate property.
“Absolutely not,” Silverstein said staunchly.
But it was still another grueling day for Silverstein, who even took some grilling from the judge. When Silverstein failed to directly answer Cook’s questions about whether he had permission from the couple to switch pages in copies of their contract after it was signed, Judge Scott Gordon stepped in.
“The lady there, sir,” said Gordon, pointing to Jamie, “did she ever tell you that you could change the pages?”
“Specifically, no,” Silverstein said.
Gordon pointed to Frank and said, “The gentleman, sir, did he ever tell you that you could change the pages?” “No,” Silverstein said. Outside court, David Boies, one of Jamie’s attorneys, confidently declared, “There are so many different ways this case is now over.”
Cook, Frank’s attorney, smiled when told that. “He’s conceding defeat?” she said.